By Paul Losch
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mai... (More)
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mainly in the Bay Area with different companies. My former wife went back to medical school after we had been married a few years, and we moved into married student housing at Stanford, had our two now adult children while she was a medical student, and moved into Palo Alto when she started her Residency. Been here ever since. As my kids were going through the Palo Alto schools, I was actively involved in their activities, most notably head umpire for Palo Alto Little League and 9 years as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, among other activities. My kids both are grown, my son teaches 5th grade locally, and my daughter, fluent in Mandarin, is working in China. I sold the business I owned and ran for 8 years in 2012, worked on the Obama campaign, and am consulting for non-profit organizations, which gives me a nice, flexible schedule. Lots of stamps in my passport, and for fun, I like live performances &emdash; theater and music - and of course the Giants! (Hide)
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As Dwight Clark put it so well, "It was a dump, but it was our dump."
I will not miss Candlestick Park.
There is a storied history about how the place was built to begin with, and there were some storied events there over the years.
For me, Willie Mays was inhibited to accomplish his full capabilities thanks to the 'Stick. It is amazing what he was able to do in such a terrible environment.
Also for me, I had tickets to the earthquake game from my employer, and passed them on to a guy who worked for me at the time, since I had seen the Giants beat the Cubs in the NLCS.
I love PacBell Park (I refuse to call it ATT Park.) The Giants have a magnificent home and it is not paid for by taxpayers, it is paid for by fans and other supporters.
I observe the new facility in Santa Clara and am hopeful that it will be world class. I do wonder if the Raiders also could use it, along the lines of the Meadowlands in NJ, where both the NY Giants and NY Jets both play.