For the second time in three years, it was time for a San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade.
We arrived at the dark, damp corner of McAllister and Market at 7 in the morning, meeting at the spot set aside by Carmen Kiew and her friend Sara over an hour earlier. Four hours later, thousands of other assorted coaches, politicians, team employees and God knows who else would stroll past to raucous cheers.
But first, we waited with thousands of other Giants fans. We kept waiting, a homeless guy came by and serenaded us hourly, and people poured in as the overcast sky provided more light and the puddles on the streets and sidewalks mostly dried.
Despite what seemed like a lot more people walking and dancing by than in 2010, and a limited playlist heard over the nearby speakers that will probably lead to that “Fist Pump” song getting wedged into my brain until the weekend at the very earliest, I’m glad my wife and I waited on that sidewalk for a few reasons:
- We had fun with our neighboring Giants fans — including Wendy Thurm and her son Moze, who showed up at a more reasonable hour (a little after 9 am, I think).
- We got some great photos, a few of which you’ll see below.
- The reason we were all there in the first place. Baseball fans have a difficult time waiting until next year; a victory parade makes waiting a lot easier.
After going through these parade photos I decided to break them up into categories so the post isn’t 50 feet long — in virtual terms, anyway. So first up, the Giants infielders and catchers, along with a certain football coach on bye week.
Joaquin Arias gets a ring!
Here is Aubrey Huff. Huff looked a little down as he drove past us, and he didn’t look a lot happier on TV. You have to wonder if Brian Sabean has already let him know that the Giants will choose to pay him a $2M buyout instead of bringing him back for $10M. Not that such a decision should come as a surprise to anyone.
Your 2013 National League Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Brandon Crawford.
Throughout the entire season, I’m not sure anyone was in a good mood as consistently as Hector Sanchez in the dugout and clubhouse. Yes, that even includes Sergio Romo.
Marco Scutaro, who went a combined .409/.458/.477 during the NLCS and World Series:
Pablo Sandoval with his World Series MVP trophy:
Carmen brought a Buster Posey Fathead, and it got the attention of the Poseys:
Brandon Belt and Jim Harbaugh — none of us knew the 49ers head coach was driving until we got home: