Written by Golden Ashby, Bauer’s Online Marketing & Social Media Manager goldena@bauersIT.com
It was a bright sunny day in San Francisco as close to a million baseball fans flooded downtown yesterday to celibrate the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship. Although an exact headcount remains unknown, Mayor Gavin Newson declared officials “believe it is the largest parade and civic event turnout in the city’s history.” With all the noise and energy it seemed like there was over ten million fans out to see their hometown heroes take a victory lap in a ticker-tape parade reminiscent of the one held when the team moved west from New York fifty two years ago.
Fans crowded the sidewalks and flooded Civic Center to salute a team of self-described misfits and castoffs. The most enthused fans camped out the night before on the civic center lawn to get a first-hand glimpse of their favorite players. Many skipped work and pulled their children out of school so they could catch what they said was an once-in-a-lifetime celebration. The entire city was wrapped in black and orange on this exciting day.
Confetti rained on team members and other public figures as they rode down the parade route in Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation motor coaches and cable cars on wheels. At the head of the parade were Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, managing general partner Bill Neukom, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Our street cars ceremoniously paraded the now famous Giant’s players Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Rohlinger, Eugenio Velez, Freddy Sanchez, Matt Cain and Barry Zito and their families in front of their adoring fans. Large banners proclaimed the Giants as this year’s World Series champions, as if the crowd needed to be reminded the team had won baseball’s highest honor.
The crowd went wild Mayor Gavin Newsom presented the team a key to the city at the civic center. “I’ve never seen anything like this is my life,” center-fielder Andres Torres said as he greeted fans behind a barricade. There were over 50,000 fans packed in the Civic Center plaza alone. This parade was a very special moment where the Giants fans could give back to their home town team.
Bauer’s is so proud to be here for our Giants and support the city by the bay that means so much to us all. We look forward to working with every big event in the city we love and support with everything we do. Bauer’s commitment is to lead by example, moving over 5,000 people every day with over 97% of the miles being green miles. For all of your transportation needs, such as special events, commuting to work or winery tours, please call our sales department at 1-800-546-6688.