Forecast for the weather this Halloween for the San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade was a heavy downpour of Cain, not rain. The players arrived to the parade start with police escorts and hopped into sleek detailed luxury convertibles. The parade started down on Steuart and Market Streets, where fans started gathering as early as 6 A.M. to get in position to have a great view of all the players from which this World Series title would not have been possible without. Over a million fans and spectators were estimated to have been at SF’s Civic Center and the parade route.
The parade down Market St. had a line-up of sportscasters, local and state politicians, marching bands, special event cultural groups, SF Giants Alumni, the Junior Giants, team mascots from the SF Giants affiliates, and team and park employees with their family.
Players sitting on the back seats of their convertibles were greeted by the crowds to the left and right of the parade route with a roar of cheers, most often chanting that specific player’s name. As players were asked to stay in their vehicles one rebel of the group, Sergio Romo, decided to jump out of his car and ran around to rally up the crowd. He wore a t-shirt that brought a lot of attention that read, “I Just Look Illegal”.
Other players such as Outfielder Hunter Pence with his two hands formed a heart shape to all his loving fans. Second Baseman Marco Scutaro energized the crowd as he pointed to the fans on the left side of the route as they chanted “Marco”, while alternatingly pointing to the right side as they chanted his last name “Scutaro”. Outfielder Angel Pagan saluted his fans and kept thanking them for their support. Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval raised up his World Series MVP Trophy. As the majority of this team can all probably say, there’s no other moment than to come back home and celebrate with their fans.
The procession that started near the foot of Market St. ended at the base of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza. Renel Brooks-Moon emceed the World Series Victory Program. Entertaining the crowd with the latest in viral songs, Team Mascot Lou Seal, danced to Korean singer PSY’s song “Gangnam Sytle”. However, no one can dance better other than the SF Giants sportscasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming. Their rendition of the dance humorously entertained all.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee presented Larry Baer and the rest of the SF Giants team with the “Key to the City”. Not only did the team receive this gift, but Mayor Lee presented the first ever in the city’s history the “Broom to the City” for their sweeping, undefeated World Series record. Players were introduced and given the opportunity to thank the fans for all their support.
Highlights of the program included the team’s pregame warm-up chant with sunflower seeds, fan involvement telling other teams that they were “Out of here”, and the team assembling for a group photo with background music, “We are the Champions” by Queen. Finishing the program in style and fashion, Mr. Tony Bennett sang, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”, known to all SF Giants fans as the song to close out team victories as they exited the stadium. As Tony Bennett concluded his song, streamers and confetti littered the sky.
Until next season, the SF Giants are the reigning World Champions. Let’s bring home another World Series title and celebrate with once more another victory parade.
Here’s a look at some highlights from the festivities: