San Francisco Giants ballpark getting new name

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The Giants ballpark is getting a new name as of today: Goodbye “AT&T Park,” Hello “Oracle Park.” That’s part of a 20-year naming-rights deal the team is signing with giant technology company Oracle.

The ballpark has been known as AT&T Park since 2006. Before that it was SBC Park. Before that it was Pac Bell Park. Before that they played in what was once called Candlestick Park but, near the end there, was called 3Com Park at Candlestick Point, which was frankly ridiculous.

All of which is to say that, nah, it’s hard to get too worked up over this one way or the other. At least “Oracle” is a real word instead of initials, so it’s a bit more natural to write or say. It’d be a different case if the ballpark was once known as “Willie Mays Field” or “San Francisco Stadium” or something a little more stately, a little less commercial and imbued with something approaching civic pride.

It’s a beautiful ballpark, but it’s always had dumb corporate names and likely always will. Life goes on.