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article imageOp-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Oct 31, 2014 in Entertainment
San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.
Preparations had been going on all week, as crews decorated the parade route along a stretch of Market Street which went from The Embarcadero to City Hall. Dedicated fans of the team donned the familiar orange and black to show their support. While each year every baseball fan wants their hometown team to win, there is something unique about Giants fans. Perhaps this reporter being a native to the Bay Area is a bit biased.
Yet, when so many show up, even camp out before the celebration, the night before, and with rain in the forecast, perhaps that is something special. Staff and crews at City Hall were excited and a bit anxious as the World Series win occurs on one of the most raucous days of the year, Halloween.
Over a million people packed the sidewalks of San Francisco for a noon-time parade down Market Stree...
Over a million people packed the sidewalks of San Francisco for a noon-time parade down Market Street to City Hall on Oct. 31, 2014 to celebrate The San Francisco Giants third World Series win in five years.
Courtesy of Ricky Manalo
With a so many seasonal celebrations around, law enforcement and city officials were concerned that mischief and chaos might rule. But most like SFPD Chief Gregory Suhr, told the press that local law enforcement wanted to enjoy the festivities as much as everyone else. The SF Sheriff's Office expressed similar sentiments as the Sheriff's office alerted this reporter and others in the press yesterday and today. “Friday, October 31, 2014, is a huge day for San Francisco with a World Series celebration, Halloween, Critical Mass, and a forecast of rainy weather. Please remember to celebrate responsibly and have a wonderful time while honoring our 2014 World Champion - San Francisco Giants,” stated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
SFPD's Twitter page had posts saying "It's a Party Town!" Of which, the post had links to the SFPD web site noting that pre-celebratory gatherings had gotten a bit rowdy. "As fans gathered in the streets to celebrate, bonfires were ignited." "There were a few locations where bonfires were set. Those have been extinguished by police and firefighters working together."
Some fans showed up as early as the night before to get a good seat along the parade route.
Some fans showed up as early as the night before to get a good seat along the parade route.
Courtesy of Ricky Manalo
Writer Joseph Sutton understands the excitement as he has published two books about the Giants win at the World Series, not just once but twice. An avid baseball fan, when he transplanted from Los Angeles to San Francisco over 40 years ago, he gradually built an affinity for The SF Giants. And, now of course it is as strong as ever. For Sutton the magic is in the fact that, "it took them 53 years to win their first title in 2010."
Oh there were times of disappointment, plenty, as just about every fan can say. "I cheer for The Giants even when they are not doing so well," said David Ressler of Ressler Chiropractic in South San Francisco; (less than 30 minutes away from AT&T Park by car). He often will make at least one game a season where he takes off from work early.
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a  Gyros...
San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett referred to the celebration and the SF Giants victory as a "Gyros" moment. (Certainly a "turn" of events as this is The Giants third World Series win in five years). Bartlett and his family were among the thousands gathered at City Hall to cheer the home team.
Courtesy of SF realtor, Ted Bartlett
Some people considered the win and all the celebrating an excuse to not only leave work early but to take the day off. "Parking downtown is nightmarish, why even bother," said Coleen Mackin who lives and works in Brisbane, like South San Francisco, along the SF Peninsula, it too is only minutes away from AT&T Park and downtown San Francisco.
The rain that fell did not deter fans from turning out in full force to greet their home team.
The rain that fell did not deter fans from turning out in full force to greet their home team.
courtesy of Ricky Manalo
Even with such happy news and genuinely elated excitement, there were those who did not want to get caught in the crowds and heavy traffic jams. "I am not a fan of big crowds and really didn't plan to go," said SF resident Tim Vigil. But friends and family urged him to join in the revelry. He admitted that with over a million in attendance, "Trying to meet at Lotta's Fountain (on Kearny & Market) at 11am is not easy." At last minute, with the rain he did not go. But his siblings and cousins braved the rain and the crowds. Like many who did not let the rain or heavy traffic of people and cars stop them, they were glad they made it.
SF resident Ricky Manalo noted that with the rain and the wait, even with an hour to go. "The Bay Area tribe was getting restless." Perhaps, even if The Giants did not have a major victory, just to get out and cheer for them is that sense of community or 'tribe' as Manalo expressed it.
That is evident even when there was no fancy AT&T Park. The recently demolished Candlestick Park, was known for its cold, windy seats, even on sunny days and its desolate parking lot. Still, fans showed up and cheered the team on. The team's catcher, Buster Posey considers the fans loyalty as a part of the team's success in the playoffs this year.
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebr...
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebrating even before the winning score was made on Thursday night Oct. 29th.
Courtesy of Chris Langridge
The "mania" of a Giants fan is perhaps best understood as Sutton once said, "because of the deep love of baseball." Yet, certainly for local fans like Chris (Kelly) Langridge who was celebrating with family and friends at the local pub before the winning point got scored, (It's simply,) "SF Giants Joy!" Perhaps that is something only a local can really appreciate.
To follow more of the San Francisco Giants victory and celebrations visit the KGO-ABC7 news feed. Or, check out the official San Francisco Giants website
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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