by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
This past Friday may have been been Halloween, but for all of us Giants fans it was more than just a day to put on creepy makeup and participate in the local “Zombie Pub Crawl”. Friday marked the World Series Championship parade for our San Francisco Giants, a team which has now won three World Series titles in a span of only five years- the only World Series titles won since the team moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958. To celebrate this dynasty and the team that helped establish it, the city of San Francisco held a celebration incomparable to anything before seen
The parade began at Market Street and ended at the city hall, lasting about two hours. Thousands stood in the pouring rain to celebrate the triumph of their beloved baseball team. Players, coaches, high ranking club officials and their families paraded through the street on highly decorated floats- at one point Madison Bumgarner, the man of the season, trotted through the streets on horseback.
Once the parade reached the city all, all of the players were introduced while adoring fans cheered, chanted, and popped bottles of champagne. The mayor of San Francisco, Edwin Lee, humored the crowd with one of his usual comical speeches. He then presented Giants manager, and future Hall of Fame inductee, Bruce Bochy and the rest of the Giants team with the keys to the city- the highest honor awarded to a city's citizens. Following the mayor's speech, many players stood up to formally thank their fellow teammates, the Giants coaching staff, and us, the fans, for their continual support, especially in the post season; speeches were given not only in English by elite players such as Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner, but also in Spanish by legends like Pablo Sandoval.
However, the man who stole the show was none other than Hunter Pence. This should come as no surprise to any Giants fan, as Pence is known for his unorthodox post game motivational team speeches, often filled with rambling obscenities. In fact, as Buster Posey handed over the microphone, he joking told Pence, “You see those cameras right there? That means this is going on live TV”. Pence did keep his language at a PG level, but his speech was nothing less than fueled by passion- passion for the city of San Francisco, for the Giants fan base, and of course for his fellow Giants team members.
This celebration was an experience like any other experience. Witnessing such a historic and commemorative event with thousands of other fans created a connection never before felt; walking around the streets, seeing the joy on everyone's face- this created a sense of community I've yet to feel any place else. So, thank you, SF Giants, for another unforgettable season. Torture has truly never felt so good.
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