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Giants officially change name of home ballpark from AT&T to Oracle Park

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Giants officially change name of home ballpark from AT&T to Oracle Park

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new era of Giants baseball will come with a new name for the ballpark.

AT&T Park now will be known as Oracle Park, the Giants confirmed on Thursday.

The Giants have been quietly searching for a new partner with AT&T's deal ending after the 2019 season. The change will be effective immediately. 

The original naming rights deal was signed in 1996, and the ballpark previously has gone by Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park. It became clear to team officials late last year that AT&T no longer would be the partner going forward, and Oracle was a front-runner all along. Team president and CEO Larry Baer told the Chronicle that a deal came together over the holidays. 

"We really like the fact that Oracle is a local company," Baer told the Chronicle. "They're not going anywhere. We're not going anywhere."

Oracle, headquartered in Redwood Shores, has held the rights across the bay in Oakland. The Warriors are moving next door to the Giants next year, where they'll play at the Chase Center.

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.

The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Kevin Pillar never won any awards or championships during his seven years with the Blue Jays, but he definitely won over the hearts of Toronto fans with his highlight-reel catches.

So when the Giants center fielder went out to play defense in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, Blue Jays fans showed their appreciation for the 30-year-old.

It was a pretty emotional moment. We're sure Pillar was choking back tears as he watched the tribute video and tipped his cap to the fans.

The love for Pillar didn't stop there. When he came up for his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays fans once again gave him a standing ovation.

But the cheering ended quickly as Pillar singled to left field and drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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Pillar and Crawford would later score on a Joe Panik double to right.

Not a bad homecoming for the Toronto fan favorite.