Celebration Elation!

I think the most beautiful words in the English language may be “World Series Champions San Francisco Giant’s”!  And we heard a lot of that at today’s parade and celebration for our Series Champions.

Wilbur, mama and I watched the entire event live; both on the telly (SF KGO) and on MLB.com’s live-streaming website.  We would have loved to have been in attendance today with all of the other hundreds of thousand fans, but we settled for front row seats in our office.

Fans were camping in front of the Civic Center last night, just to get a good look at the program.  Others were curbside before dawn with their lawn chairs and coolers.  One elderly gentleman who was interviewed at the junction of Market and Mongomery streets said that he had witnessed the parade in 1958 welcoming the Giant’s to S.F. at this very spot.  Nostalgia.  Excitement.  Joy.  Even through the telly, these elements were tangible.

Giant's fans at the parade

The fans along the parade route were wild with enthusiasm, as vintage convertibles carrying Willie Mays and Willie McCovey drove by.  Motorized cable cars were the vehicle of choice for most of the 2010 squad, and some of the players jumped off to rally the crowd into an even deeper fantastical frenzy.

Brian Wilson, with his famous ebony beard, pranced, danced and skipped along the parade route to the joy of the rapturous fans.  Wilson even sported a fresh mohawk for the occasion and, to this viewer, his demeanor was reminiscent of the actor Zach Galifianakis.

Even Ashkon, the Youtube sensation for his original take on “Don’t Stop Believing” had his own float!  And it was snowing orange confetti on Market Street! (10,000 pounds of confetti, per the press).

The ebullient vibe was contagious!  A KGO reporter noted that if there was “smell-o-vision, you’d think that proposition 19 passed”.  You have to love a San Francisco home crowd!

The Freak was all smiles, repeating “this is just like a dream” to reporters along the parade route.  When asked “what will you do after this?”, Lincecum’s answer was “I’m just enjoying this moment.  I’ll worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes”.  It seems that young Tim was “just thinking like a dog”!  I knew we had a kinship.

The parade concluded with a thoughtful, joyful and tearful tribute on the steps of the Civic Center.  The team, as well as Giant’s front office, management, alumni, families, the Mayor and the Govenor were honored.

In speaking of the unity of the Giant’s organization, Brian Sabean (General Manager) said “at some point, there was no difference between the batboy and the owner”.   This is a team of equanimity, without ego, from the fans right down to the batboy.  I am feeling the Giant’s love and yearn to follow their example…

Aubrey Huff and his famous "rally thong"

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (and newly elected Lieutenant Govenor) spoke of this Giant’s organization using a quote by the Bay Area’s own Jerry Garcia:   “You don’t want to be the best of the best. You want to be the only one who does what you do.”

And that’s what our Giant’s did.  These “misfits” were doing what only they could do… and it was worthy of World Series status.  I’m inspired… are you?

What are you meant to do, that only you can do?  What special, unique gifts do you have to share with the world?

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  1. Nice post Atticus! I’m pretty sure that the rest of the country could care less, but I loved it. It certainly made an impression on me. I’ve found over the past few weeks that people have just been more friendly and smiling. It was just in the air and the attraction for success couldn’t be denied!

    I’m a little lost tonight… no baseball!

    Candace Davenport
    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

  2. What an exciting moment Atticus! Although I am not a baseball fan I am wishing I had witnessed the parade.
    Sounds like a really amazing moment.
    What a wonderful sentiment, to be the only one who does what you do. I love the idea that finally individuality is popular once more. What do I do that no-one else can? I put my spin and my personality into my design work and my life. I live my life, and I love it!

    Jen Duchene
    The Home Makeover Mixtress blending cool and cozy style.

  3. Atticus says:

    I love that quote too, Jen, and have been pondering the thought all night.

    You know that mama and I Adore your personal, individual spin on design! No one can do what you do :)

  4. Atticus says:

    Candace, I think our win is resonating with folks outside of Northern California, because of our underdog status and history making series. Enthusiasm is contagious and I think we’re seeing a pandemic of Giant’s Fever spreading!

  5. Zoe and Zak and Sabrina says:

    I’ve had congratulations and heart-warming resonance messages flow in from Mexico, China, Maine, Ohio, Paris, England, Greece, Egypt, Peru, Alaska, Ireland and Venezuela, regarding the Giant’s winning the World Series. It’s made a LOT of people happy – and that’s almost the coolest thing of all. It’s a team that has room enough in it for the whole world, apparently! Great post Atticus!

  6. Atticus says:

    I love that! Yes, the Giant’s have enough room for the world — room for love and hope, success and support! It’s all so Very doglike and inspirational!

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