Petco had the nickname among those in San Diego as Petco National Park. Rumor is that the park was purposely built to favor the pitchers and, more precisely, hold down the number of home runs hit by Barry Bonds. Pitchers love the park and hitters dislike it. In the early days, Phil Nevin resorted to making gestures at the owners box when a hard hit ball of his dropped in for a double rather than a home run
Over the winter, the Padres made changes to the park to bring the outfield power alleys further in.
In left-center, the fences were moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet.