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.
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…
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?