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San Francisco’s AT&T Park charms a Fenway fan

SAN FRANCISCO — Say what you will about Barry Bonds, the retired San Francisco Giants slugger who shattered home run records while serving as poster boy for baseball’s inglorious (and seemingly never-ending) steroid era. But he built one helluva ballpark by the bay.

OK, not literally. Bonds did not personally finance what is now called AT&T Park — although he probably could have, given his staggering career earnings. Yet as Giants season-ticket holder Will Durst explained to me during my visit to the ballpark earlier this summer, it was Bonds whose electrifying play — and he was electrifying — revitalized a moribund Giants franchise in the mid-1990s, boosting attendance and revenue with each mighty swing of his bat.

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