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The right field foul pole in Petco Park is now a golf club

Apr 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

Petco foul pole

While I’m sort of blah on the idea of advertising taking up every available inch in ballparks these days, I realize why that’s the case and that there’s not a heck of a lot that can be done about it.

So hey, if it’s going to happen anyway, we may as try to have fun with it, right? I think the Padres have done that by attaching an 80-foot model of a TaylorMade golf club to the right-field foul pole at Petco Park.

The structure, which is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, weighs 950 pounds and the process of installation started on Monday and finished Wednesday with a total of 250 man hours needed to complete the project .. The shaft and grip of the R11 driver will run parallel to the existing foul pole. A 14-foot-wide by eight-foot-tall image of the R11’s white head will be displayed on the outfield wall.

I think the description of it makes it sound cooler than it actually is (click through for a larger image of it), but at least give everyone points for creativity.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Reminds me of that scene in Major League II where Dorn has the outfield walls plastered in advertisements to make up for his losses. Good stuff.

    • wurst2first - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      I always thought it was funny that like three years after Major League 2 came out, most ballpark walls were covered in ads. Ahh, the eerie prescience of terrible sequels.

      “And any of you folks having trouble finding a good proctologist might want to come down here and check out the area around the 375 foot sign.”

  2. bloodysock - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Now fans in Petco can feel like they’re in Fenway with another pole in front of your view.

  3. BC - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:08 PM


  4. Utley's Hair - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    “The structure, which is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball…”

    You mean there are others out there?

  5. Panda Claus - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Gives a whole new meaning to “hooking” foul.

  6. jamie54 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    From the article,”For every “drive” — when a Padres player hits a ball over the fence for a home run — TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company will donate $600 to a local charity. ”

    Guess that money is safe, lucky if they hit one that way this year.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Any idea what air they grabbed 600 from? And is it related to that golf shot (2010? 2009?) from the top of one of the buildings across the street?

      • jwbiii - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        In the last three seasons, the Padres have hit 59, 61, and 66 HRs at home. Taylor probably decided that the publicity they would get would be worth about $35K-$40K.

      • opiedamus - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Good call, sir. I still have a copy of that video – awesome stuff. As someone who has made a living creating promotions that garner attention, the Padres continue to think outside the box.

        We did one with the Braves a few years back. Prior to Monday night home games, we’d have a group of fans attempt hole in one’s from home plate to a sponsor’s flag and hole in center field to win a Lexus. Beat Smotlz or Chipper’s shot and you won a huge prize pack. Before long, we had the rest of the team wanting in on it. When you have the crowd “hushing” before each shot, that’s when we knew it was a great promo. Hell, even Rush Limbaugh showed up for the celebrity edition.

        Good stuff!

      • spudchukar - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        It was such a cool comment for so long, and then…

    • Panda Claus - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Probably what it costs for one of their drivers.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM

        Okay. I hadn’t thought of that.

  7. Mr. Furious - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    The Durham Bulls Athletic Park has a “fowl pole,” sponsored by Chick-Fil-A. I thought that was kinda clever.

    • bloodysock - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      So does Houston’s Minute Maid Park:

      Fowl Pole

  8. thejokewriter - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Golf and Baseball…I love it. Okay, trivia time: Who is the only person to hit the scoreboard with the ball from homeplate at Wrigley field? Answer at 1:00pm central time.

    • bloodysock - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Sam Snead

  9. heyblueyoustink - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I heard they were going to do something like that at Citi Field……except it would resemble a gallow and all Mets fans have access to it free of admission….

    And where the hell is the sand trap?

  10. thejokewriter - Apr 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Bloodysock, my man. Sam Snead with a 9 iron. Although Clemente in ’71 just missed the lower left corner of the scoreboard.

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