I tear up easily, so the title refers to me being the “Baby,” but I guess that might make a lot of us big babies when it came to the Giants, right? Anyway, it was probably unnecessary that I did, but I woke up around 4:10 this morning and made it to the 5:06 train out of Fremont to get to the Civic Center area. After getting there, my Dad and I walked along what we thought was the route, and then found the barricades, telling us we had found the real route. We found a spot, made a friend to talk to, and once things got going, had a really good time cheering for the people that brought us so much happiness and giving thanks to the people that support them as well, and really gets quite overlooked, in my opinion.
After the hours of waiting, we were given a show, as we were tossed candy, bags of chips, t-shirts, some towels were thrown out, and then the front office and players showed up. It really was fantastic to see all the people up so close in such a happy setting. (By the way, showing up at 6:00am on the streets basically guarantees you a front row spot just about anywhere on the route.)
Some of the pre-game entertainment in this video (around 30 seconds) and then some parade pictures:
I have 192 pictures, but I’m not posting all of those here. If you have requests, let me know and I’ll send the picture your way! This really was a fun outing, and I hope we do this again soon.
P.S.: Credit to the SFPD who kept things in pretty good order where I was. People were pretty well behaved in my area.
This was a great production put on by the City of San Francisco and the Giants. It doesn’t matter what time I showed up and how long I waited for the parade to start, it really that has no bearing on this article. There is so much positive material about this parade, and I will provide my own article on it to counter this one afterwards, but this is probably a selfish suggestion: if the parades are for celebration and for the fans, ban the sports journalists from interviewing the people that are a part of the parade during the parade.
Lady, I’m sure you’re a nice person, but get out the way.
This shot of J.T. Snow would be so great, except there’s a media team in front of me.
Now, when I parked it in the spot I would end up standing at, I noticed the media trucks nearby, but I didn’t think about how I might be blocked by media. Cameramen, OK. People interviewing? Never crossed my mind. To be fair, these guys are doing their jobs. They did not decide to pick on the people in my area and say “these people look like jerks, let’s give them what’s coming.” They were given permission to do their thing, and I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt that they were going to try and do the best job they try to do to interview the popular role players.
Watching some of Fox’s coverage that my mom DVR’d, it’s getting me really mad that they also talked to the players before the cars got moving and yet they had to talk to them again near the end of their route while they were moving, and I know Fox was not the only network to interview players during the parade and probably got some other people upset. Personally, I believe this is overkill, and if we’re lucky to have this happen again, the amount of people interviewing and slowing the parade down should be reduced to optimize the enjoyment for the hundreds of thousands of people that came out to see their heroes, not to see their experiences obstructed because of the people with media credentials.