by Zack Bussin
On Friday Oct. 31, Halloween of course, there was a huge celebration in San Francisco that started from the Ferry Building and ended at City Hall. It was the Giants World Series Parade and it was estimated that over 100,000 people attended the event. I was one of the many to arrive early and wait through the cold rain to see our glorious team meander through the streets. The players and staff drove down Market St. in double-decker buses, on their way to City Hall to deliver their speeches to the masses. It was a party on the streets and the lawns in front of City Hall. There was loud music playing on loud speakers, and people were openly drinking in front of police. Everyone was in a state of euphoria-there is no feeling like when your team wins a championship; it relieves all the stress that has been built up throughout the season. The parade is an amazing experience for the fan because they can take in the great atmosphere, and it is something that they will never forget in their entire life.
Lily Edwards was a fan in the crowd experiencing this amazing event, “This is my third one and every time it gets so much better. There are not many days in the city like this, so we all should enjoy this to the fullest.”
The most satisfying part of the parade was when the players arrived at City Hall. They were introduced to the crowd, running one by one onto the stage. Then they designated players to give speeches. The first speech was given by Buster Posey and Madison Bumgardener; their speeches were basic, thanking all the other players. They are the Giants’ best two players. Tim Hudson, starting pitcher and first-time Giant, was the next one to give a speech and it was very emotional because he has been pitching in this league for 18 years, but had never won a championship until now. He described the feelings that overcame him after winning, and how he has never done anything as great as what he achieved as a San Francisco Giant. That speech really got to the crowd because seeing someone fulfill his life-long dream is an amazing experience. The last speaker was Hunter Pence. He is the most energetic player on the team, and he really showed it during his speech. He was known for this saying: "Yes" "Yes" Yes", while throwing his hands in the air for each yes. This was his celebration throughout the year, and the fans picked up. He went to the crowd and he would give a statement such as, "Re-sign Pablo" and the crowd went "Yes" "Yes" "Yes". It was a great way to get the crowd involved on the cold rainy day.
Giants fan Lily Edwards explained, “This is a big 'Giant' family and we are all here for the same reasons, it can not feel much better than that.” The whole experience was one that everyone should experience if they are any type of sports fan. The city becomes one large family and everyone is extremely kind to one another. All I have to say is that I hope another one comes soon.