Adam LaRoche keeps trying to hit little kids playing on the beach

One of the thoroughly Californian and unique features of Petco Park is the beach in the right field gap. Little kids build sand castles as their parents lament barely being able to see the play on the field

So far this series, Adam LaRoche hit three home runs that are coming perilously close to hitting little children playing.


On Thursday, his home run ball impacted about 3 feet from an adorable little kid wearing the San Diego combo of a hooded coat and shorts.

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Petco Park, notice anything different?

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.

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