Past the right field bleachers at San Francisco's AT&T Park is a body of water known commonly as McCovey Cove. Named after Giants legend Willie McCovey, the Cove is often swarmed with kayakers and boaters armed with fishing nets, waiting for a home run splash. Once the ball made its splash, the boaters race after it, paddling feverishly and furiously to retrieve the ball.
On the facing of the right field wall inside the park exists a running tally of "Splash Hits". A Splash Hit is considered a home run that is hit by a Giants player, which lands in McCovey Cove on the fly without hitting the Arcade or Portwalk beyond right field.
To date, there have been 63 Splash Hits since the park opened in 2000—35 of which were courteous of Barry Bonds. The most recent (and only one of 2013) was Pablo Sandoval's round-tripper, which was hit on May 12 against the Atlanta Braves. This was Kung-Fu Panda's seventh Splash Hit of his career, which trails only Bonds for most all time.
There have also been 29 instances of a non-Giants player hitting a home run into McCovey Cove. The first such player was Todd Hundley, on June 30, 2000, then playing for the Dodgers. The latest one came from Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies this season, on May 25.
Carlos Delgado and Adam LaRoche are tied for the all-time non-Giants leader in cove home runs with three. Ryan Klesko remains the only player to hit one into the cove both as a Giant and a visiting player.
No right-handed hitter has ever hit a home run into McCovey Cove, and only two American League players have ever reached the water—Boston's David Ortiz, and Texas' Mitch Moreland. Finally, there have only been two postseason water balls, one by Bonds, in '02, and one by Rick Ankiel (then of the Braves), in 2010.