As taxicabs depart from San Jose, CalTrans trains leave south San Jose, Gilroy, and Santa Clara, and as BART trains leave stations, and hundreds of cars begin to fill up Highways 101, 92, and 880, all of these means of transportation would eventually lead to one unforgettable historic event–a welcoming “Ticker tape” parade, celebration, and giving of thanks to the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
Some started their day at 6am, others 8am, some die-hard fans chose to camp out overnight near the Civic Center in San Francisco, California. This would be where Mayor Gavin Newsom would give each player a key to the city. But, as reality set in, if one was not near San Francisco, California by 10 am, then he or she would be better off listening to the parade on the radio or watching the parade on various television stations.
The parade began at 11 am on Montgomery and Washington streets. It then continued southbound on Montgomery to Market Street before continuing west on Market Street to Civic Center Plaza (City Hall). Mayor Newsom gave the keys to the city at City Hall. The significance of this parade route was the fact that this was the same parade route taken when the Giants were initially welcomed to San Francisco in 1958.
Aside from player appearances, some notable and respected guests included ESPN’s Hall of Fame Radio Announcer Jon Miller, Giants KNBR Announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
When asked how the whole world series victory currently felt, Game 5 starter Tim Lincecum simply repeated, “Unbelievable!” and “It’s a dream come true!” He also continued to thank his father, who could not be present with him today, but Tim gives a lot of credit to his father for his baseball work ethic.
One of the most memorable moments, however, was when Journey’s song “Don’t Stop Believing” began playing over the loud speaker. As all “approximated” 500,000 people began singing the lyrics, tears began to flow as the reality set in that all of the hard work had paid off, and that the long baseball season had come to an end.
Toward the end of the celebration, Giants catcher, Buster Posey ended the speeches with this quote. “San Francisco Giants–World Series Champions! Let’s enjoy this for a week, maybe a month, then let’s get ready to make another run at it [a championship] next year.”
Finally, what could be a better way to end this entire historic event? Perhaps another appropriate song could be played over the sound system. This almost dreamy, dramatic moment came when Tony Bennett’s “I left my heart in San Francisco” began playing softly. As the song played, the 500,000 faithful fans began shouting one last “Let’s go Giants!,” giving their final handshakes to strangers and friends, and proceeding to BART, CalTrans, and MUNI Bus tunnels.