Candlestick Park had the last laugh.
After 40 years of tormenting players and fans with swirling winds, frigid temperatures and blankets of fog, the 'Stick closed its baseball career yesterday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants, 9-4, on a balmy, sunny day.
"If we had this kind of weather here all the time, a lot more fans would have shown up," Willie Mays said. "It was very cold here, very foggy. There's nothing special about it, but we have some good memories here."
The game was attended by 61,389, the largest regular season crowd in Candlestick history. It brought the park's total attendance in four decades to 54,031,242.
The temperature was 82 degrees and there was a 5 mph breeze when Juan Marichal threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. The sky was cloudless when Mays tossed out the ballpark's final pitch after the game.
The Giants move to $319 million Pacific Bell Park in downtown San Francisco next season.
* DIAMONDBACKS 5, PADRES 3: Randy Johnson tied Nolan Ryan's major league record for most double-digit strikeout games in a season, fanning 11 in seven innings as Arizona won at home. Johnson (17-9) struck out at least 10 batters 23 times this season.
* PIRATES 3, BREWERS 2: In Milwaukee, Kevin Young's solo homer in the sixth inning spoiled Hideo Nomo's 10-strikeout performance.
* PHILLIES 2, CUBS 1: Mike Lieberthal hit his 31st homer and Robert Person held Sammy Sosa homerless in Philadelphia.