Chi just hit my email, he’s already locked and loaded at 3rd and Market. I’ve had some hiccups develop this morning but I’ll be on my way soon.
Flav- There is a cab stand on the Townsend side of Caltrains. Also, the 10 Townsend has a stop across the street at the Safeway (on Townsend). I think it goes to Market and First street.
7am and point man in place
I am expecting some relatives to be there and if so they have promised me additional pics for the bucket
Besides the links posted yesterday, sfgiants.com will also show the parade today.
yeah, I couldn’t get abc bay area to work, so it will be the mlb one for me 2pmEDT?
Yeah, chi. That is awesome. Get some great pics man.
I sympathize with Irish K rant from yesterday, but the problem is f-ing Bud comes up smelling like a rose because the sport of baseball is too cool for even him to screw up. Look at all the stuff he can point to for those who think it’s all money and FAs:
A’s and O’s come out of nowhere to get into playoffs, while boston and angels look on.
Yanks get in but are embarrassed by Detroit. much beleaguered city, and feature triple crown winner.
Nats win the division, and Mets and Pirates aren’t near as bad as expected, while marlins flounder.
dodgers unable to buy a title.
Cards get all the way to 7th game of NLCS without pujols despite being play in team.
but nothing tops SF—they lose the cheating roider and play even better without him. They make smart player moves—you say Pence is available for Nate and a minor league C? Uh, sure I’ll take Scuts, who you want?
And ultimately they play a style more like 100 yrs ago, where a sac bunt in btw a couple singles all by middle IF guys combine for the winning run in the WS? Saved by a skinny mex am kid pitcher with more heart than anything?
Not to mention the fact they play in a yard that’s full every freaking day with everyday people sporting full on panda hats and weird beards who show up in force to cheer on their guys for 81 plus…Nope, sad to say even Bud can’t screw this up. Tho I’m sure one day when even more playoffs are added games will get snowed in.
Thanks Wille, I only mention it because of Sandy, look at the pics of the east coast, I have not seen pics of Yank-me stadium or the Mets. were they spared?? If the Stadiums look anything like the downtown and neighborhoods, there would be no game 5,6 or 7 in either of those stadiums. Just my thoughts. It seems like over the last few years Mother Nature has taken apart some part of America. I am not one of those gloom and doomers about stuff, but it seems that all sports needs to look at the way they do business. Ha ha like that is going to happen!! Anyway Game on for the parade!!! Giants, World Series Champions!! Nothing sounds sweeter
I hear you man. If the Series had gone 7, we’d be playing tmw on Nov. 1. Really, every major sport could/should condense the reg season sched by a week or two (and expaned playoffs are ridiculous imo), but ownership will never do that, and if it meant less $$$ for them the players wouldn’t go for it either. No going back to the days of 154 and 8 team leagues, winner take all.
But again Bud lucks out–any one of a few east coast teams (Yanks Balt Nats) could have still been playing this year in an area where people are just trying to survive, without power, etc.
Tried the Vallejo ferry, not a chance. Drove to Hercules and took their direct bus to downtown. Very little known bus route as I got on just after 8 and there are still empty seats.
Just got in to work without a hitch and it’s not too crowded yet but the sidewalks are filling up fast. I’ll be heading *downstairs* to check out the scene again in a little while.
I was watching the news here in Sacramento, and some fans have been there since 4:30 AM. Crazyness abounds!! Halloween with 100′s of thousand Giants fans!! Unbelievable. They are guessing the crowd could reach 1 mill, cause of people who thought there would be no #2 WS!! How cool is that going to be. one guy tweeted to KNBR that he had been walking around downtown and he did not see one porta-potty. Ha ha let the crazyness begin
It’s kind of cool. I can sense parade excitement building just from these interchanges. Flap, I owe you photos for the bucket. Haven’t even downloaded them from my camera yet. My life has been in gorgeous disarray.
Making it to game 1 feels even better now eh? I am so stoked I went to that game. Looking forward to your pics.
It always felt great, but little did we know it would lead to THIS! (Hi to Joe.)
I wonder what Carlos Beltran is up to today? Oh, wait. No I don’t.
He is watching the parade. kicking himself in the ass for not dealing with the Giants!!
Have fun at the parade guys and gals. I’m sure my daughters will have fun. Found out both my daughters somehow snuck into ATT in the 6th inning of game 7 in the NLCS. Lucky . . . Maybe they both have a future in clandestine ops . . .
Ample chances to use tissues today. (No naughty wisecracks.)
You’re right, Kevin–there are zero porta-potties outside. That should be “interesting”…thank God my bathroom is *upstairs*. It’s getting crowded out there, people are already setting up camp on top of the bus stops.
Sounds like you and Ted have the best seats in the house. Lucky MOFOs.
Been awhile since i envisioned the Halloween Machine once again rolling down Market Street as they go deep into a black and orange October. How they managed to get the timing down so precisely to the day is just another of those Halloween Machine magical mystery tours.
Baseball Prospectus picked up on the Halloween magic, too. So I copy it here for you guys to read just before the parade starts.
Well, and what did you expect? It’s Halloween, and the Giants wear black and orange.
Yes, I know, those are not stats. But to push on this a bit harder: it’s costume week, and the time of the dead, and the Giants dressed the part. Look at them. Brian Wilson, who is spending a year-plus dead, has the fake-looking beard, and Sergio Romo went trick-or-treating in the closer costume (beard included) Wilson used to wear. Pablo Sandoval went as the power hitter he used to be (his ISO dropped 70 points this season and he hit 12 home runs). In Game One he went as Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and/or Albert Pujols.
Barry Zito went as the pitcher he used to be, outpitched his latter-day Cy Young counterpart, and got an RBI single off him for good measure. His face was cadaverous, his voice haunt-quiet in interviews. Yet the guitar-playing lefty with the long hair could also have been going as Billy Crudup playing the guitarist for Stillwater in Almost Famous, if you added a mustache; and Brandon Crawford—also longhaired, also seventies—could have been going as Zito’s Stillwater bandmate-frontman, played by Jason Lee.
You might as well throw into Stillwater the longhaired, .321-slugging Ryan Theriot (Quiet Riot, no?), who went to Game Four dressed as DH—yeah, sure, okay—and of course hit the 10th-inning single that led to him scoring the game-winning, series-clinching run. The player who drove him in was the guy the Giants acquired midseason partially because Theriot wasn’t good enough to play regularly.
Instead of going as himself, a two-time Cy Young starter, Tim Lincecum (yet another longhair, and why not? This is San Francisco, home of the Grateful Dead), went as a relief pitcher. You know how that went: almost perfectly, and quite famously. With his baseball cap on, Lincecum looks like he has hair extensions. In 2010 he went to the playoffs as Ken Rosenthal. There’s something about the Freak that seems quite ornery, though, under the costume locks and the bowtie and the crazy mechanics that look like a guy whom I sometimes think learned how to pitch by watching tennis players serve.
Gregor Blanco went to the World Series as Melky Cabrera, basically, and hit the big triple that plated Hunter Pence to open the scoring in Game Three. He also made catches—or rather, catches! The two diving catches; the running catch against the wall wide of the left field foul line, where the ball plopped into the heel of his glove in the ninth inning of that same Game Three. Not a can of corn; kandy korn.
Gerald Posey went as a guy named Buster but still looked 16 years old, both too old to be trolling for candy and too young to be the National League MVP.
Hunter Pence went as a baseball player. It’s obvious that in real life he is either an X-Games athlete or the lead singer of the Spin Doctors. Watching Pence swing and miss at breaking balls feet off the plate, at least once ending up on his knees, was one of the true delights of the World Series.
This, perhaps, is what it means to be the Freak. You can miss this badly, the ball can be caught anyway, and then you can punch the guy out, long hair waving in the breeze. You can do all this as a two-time Cy Young award winner after being demoted to the bullpen.
This Halloween catch by Posey brackets another freak (but not Freak) play from Game One, the play that—if you wanted to make Colin Wyers mad and build a narrative—essentially decided the series. In the third inning, with Giants up, 1-0, two outs and none on, Angel Pagan’s weak grounder to third hit the bag and became a double. Two batters later, Pablo Sandoval’s second homer off Justin Verlander made it 4-0 and pushed San Francisco’s win probability to 90 percent. They were going to beat the ace with their fourth-best starter.
Better, the homer summoned Detroit’s pitching coach to the mound for the visit that prompted Verlander’s instant-classic George Clooney wry face—a hell of a face, somehow caught halfway between defiance and vulnerability—and lip-readable “What are you doing out here?”
Which seems to have been the question the Tigers might have been asking the Giants all throughout San Francisco’s shocking sweep of the team many people thought was the best in baseball before the season started. Another Wyers-baiting narrative, shrinkwrapped around this Series before it started: Tigers need all of long, long season to fulfill prophecy made before it began; after all the hurly-burly, they are the best team in the end, after all, as had been predicted months before. They had the ace starter, the couple of other excellent rotation hurlers, the MVP (maybe), the frightening closer, the free agent lefty slugger, the fleet and formidable center fielder (Austin Jackson had the fourth-highest BVORP among center fielders, and in only 137 games). With Omar Infante, they had finally plugged that second base hole. They had survived the upstart A’s, demoralized and swept the Yankees, and were hitting their peak just in time for the World Series.
And then: What are you doing out here? Answer: scaring you to death.
If that’s who they were, then what were they doing out here? The whole Series was emblematized by the immediately legendary final pitch, the 89-mph fastball that Romo threw past a stock-still Cabrera. Trick or treat, Miggy. Miggy was so sure he was getting the trick that he stared at the treat. Everything the Giants did seemed to be rooted in surprise, in jumping out from behind a bush.
Great starting pitching didn’t hurt, either.
Throughout the four games, the Tigers mainly looked a little embarrassed, taken aback, mildly offended, startled. The Giants were a bunch of grownups—the third-oldest team in baseball—acting like kids and dressing as beasts in despite of the supposedly-mighty, all-devouring Tigers. The danger of building narratives inheres partially in what happens to those charged with executing them. The Tigers were a little apologetic, it seemed, flummoxed and annoyed, that they couldn’t complete the script, that Giants had the temerity to be out here, flouting the agreed-upon story about Detroit’s dominance.
But as Brian Sabean was quick to point out while receiving the trophy from the dynamic duo of Bud Selig and Erin Andrews, they did win 94 games (going +6 on their Pythagorean W/L), more than Detroit. They did just win the Series two years ago with a bunch of these same players. And these players, well, a lot of them are freaks. Maybe they’re put-on freaks, image-mongering freaks. One of them is the Freak. But also geeks, really: bug-eyed Hunter Pence, rosy-cheeked Gerald Posey, so-“cool”-he’s-nerdy Wilson—geeks.
Yet they were also all really feeling it. Quiet Riot was super-feeling-it, anything but quiet, when he slid home with the winning run and a yawp in the 10th inning of the deciding World Series game. Throughout the playoffs, the Giants’ dressed-up, in-character intensity was an overplay—but so is Halloween. It’s a put-on, but the candy you get for it is real, and kids really, really want it.
Halloween is too much, too, a little hard to believe, but it still has magic, and it can still scare you. Just ask the Tigers.
Adam Sobsey is an author of Baseball Prospectus.
thanks; will read after the parade, which I am glued to…
Batting Stance Guy is back . . .
Hilarious! Do you know these guys Chuck?
Nope, he’s been doing shit like this for a couple years now.
Hey Guys! I wrote a SF Bar Guide for the Parade today for my app Street-Lamp.com, if you’d like to post it let me know!
Before a change in 1847 San Francisco was known as Yerba Buena. I did not know that.
Edd check this out for coverage right now (Marco and Vogs just got interviewed)
Riordan High ANTS?
how much were the bicycle cabs?
announcers on a fire truck
I am having technicle difficulties, my video is green. Can anyone help me with this
where you watching? try mlb.com
of course if only the parade is green it is the feed
if a monitor is green check both ends of the cable
get a car battery and some jumper cables and give the video card a defib shock??
one thing is you can ignore people with the “authentic fan” signs. No flapper will have one of those.
Alex Smith driving Cainer’s car
Alex Smith is driving Matt Cain. How awesome is that!!!
Sorry edd didn’t see your post.
no worries, mate, are you enjoying this?
Well, I’m back at work and it looks like I can post right now. So I say GodDAMN!!!there’s a lot of people out there. And the Giants have the best looking lady fans in the nation!!! bar none!!!
I got that impression too. (Sabes’s wife is one of ‘em.)
Harbaugh was driving Bumgarner. I am watching on MLB channel on my TV. Will Clark!
correction, he is driving Belt apparently
I can just feel the electricity. Wish I was there, even if I could not see one player. Brazil (sp) just said best sign so far DODGERS FANS ARE WORKING TODAY. Murph just came by.
Tough choice: get the gray champs sweatshirt or the black one?
or both, eh?
LIVE LIKE HEROES. WIN LIKE GIANTS on a float. (Virgin Air?)
Blanco and his wife looking all Hollywood. Romo’s shirt: I JUST LOOK ILLEGAL.
how do they all get such hottie wives?? (oh. right.)
romo passing up pence for wild ride
Ed, thanks for the Prospectus article. It was very cool. I guess I should give that Prospectus book in the library another try. (grin)
you are very welcome hope BF doesn’t get in trouble, it is subscription content.
When the Prospectus writers start giving numerical evidence for their theories, just skip over those parts. That’s what I do. Just take it on faith that these guys aren’t going screw that part up. And even if they do, it ain’t climate science. I think I’ve cited “This Time Let’s Not Eat the Bones: Bill James Without the Numbers” before. After reading Bruce Jenkins’ fulsome, incoherent anti-SABR rant the other day, BJ’s witty style is an example showing that the best of the geeks have it all over their most ardent critics, even in the prose dept.
That was indeed awesome. Lots of good peeps and hot babes out there–unfortunately, a lot of stupid kids and asswipes, too. Didn’t get to see much of the cars or the players but it was still a rockin’ scene overall.
I didn’t see too much either. Just the hot chicks. But yeah, there were a few asswhipes. Even now outside my office clogging up the streets that *aren’t* blocked off. And I saw 3 fire trucks within an hour. That can’t be good. But still, what a fucking rush
pablo signing autographs left handed
wheres my pics, dudes?
I don’t know how to post pics on here, I’ll have to email them to BF unless someone has a suggestion
yeah, it is a multi-step thing, best to email them, cheers mate
This co-worker just walked by my desk and told me “I went out to watch the parade and crown for a while. You know what? I’m stoned”
Think me and the Sargettes all caught a little contact. My poor 6 year old who normally has flaming ants in her pants just ate some cookies and fell asleep.
Yeah, lots of brown bags and blunts this morning. In other words, just another day in SF…
Nice outfit, Wilson.
That guy can rattle on
3.5 hours have flown by, until larry baer, love the way Sabean is going quickly
wow, 4 hours of pure joy, no bathroom breaks and one hell of a treat on halloween
thank you Giants, San Francisco and the internet
Whatever one’s take on these two in general, it couldn’t have been more perfect that the last two introduced were Zito and Sandoval- that both had a chance to truly shine on that “biggest stage” after their 2010 disappointments was really one of the great stories of the year, IMO. Not many get that chance, and even fewer
take advantage of it in such grand style. We won this series in Game 1 when Zito out pitched the “greatest pitcher on the planet” and Pablo bombed him into submission.
Just a few other highlights as I watched from the couch: Romo’s shirt and Romo himself, Vogelsong, Kruk, Bennett…oh, I’ll think of more. Hope you guys have some good pics.
too true mike. excellent topic today
hey, just a bit of jocularity
Back from the parade. Good stuff. I’ll try to upload a photo or two, if I can figure it out.
Or, just send to BF for posting. Will Clark stopped in front of us for about 30 seconds. He was off the hook, gettin’ the crowd goin’. We were all diggin’ it. Romo walking up the street was cool. Posey and Panda got the biggest crowd response. Timmeh, pretty good. Saw the long blond hair of his GF in the car, but she was looking in the wrong direction. Crowd was pretty crazy, but generally well behaved, except for a few crowd crashers and drunks…
Mega Big Flavor Shady and all the flappers at sea:
I am uploading my parade pics which should be done in 10mins
they will be located here: http://www.eddacker.net/parade
there is a contact sheet with thumbnails and filenames here: http://www.eddacker.net/parade/parade.html
these are currently just the raw files and tomorrow I may clean them up, resize, whatever.
If you want you can double click on any file in the folder and it should open, or right click > save to download a file to your machine. And then you can adjust them to suit using your image manipulation program.
I use irfanview which can be downloaded for free from here: http://goo.gl/n1dQ
If you like the program download the ‘plug-ins’ file as well. This program does some amazing stuff very quick and simple.
and no silly buggers messing with the files in the folder, please.
feel free to add any of your own pics to the folder, TIA
OK, they have finished uploading and everything works as expected. If you click on a thumbnail on the contact sheet it opens the full picture. in the file list the _t files are the thumbnails for the contact sheet so if you want to download parade.html to your machine you will need all those files as well.
give it a go
Flavor, I will leave it up to you if you think any of them are photo bucket material.
um, I don’t understand; were you at the parade? flew in from U.K.?
I keep thinking of high points. Affeldt. Not a bad postseason resume:
22 Games 19.2 IP 9 H 6 BB 18 K 1.37 ERA 0.763 WHIP
More parade stuff:
Pablo and Scutaro speaking to the fans in Spanish..
Jaymee hopping into the car wiith Romo, I think it was him. Who cares who it was? Jaymee hopping into the car was the highlight.
Scooter: Mr. Cool
I can now compare the 2010 parade to the 2012. In ’10 it wasn’t just being winners of the world series, beating what everyone called “the better team”, it was breaking the drought of no SF world series wins. And there were some painful ws loses. The genuine newness of that feeling was huge, historical and in a lot of ways innocent. San Francisco ‘finally’ has a winning ball club. Pure and simple, in November 2010 many did not look forward to next year, they would be able to die happy; now.
In ’12 it is moving forward with the reborn, twice champions San Francisco Giants. huge wins, several “for the ages”. miracles of our team, our _special_ team. I could not imagine dropping fielder and cabrera or any two mega-stars, onto this team and thinking, ‘there, that makes us better.’
The feeling this year is “San Francisco’s own” winners of it all, as it should be. I think this parade reflected that.
We _could_ get used to this and we have the sports organization, players, mojo to do it some more.
twinfan, do you think Affeldt returns on a 1 yr deal?
Well, I think he returns, but he’ll more than a year from somebody. I believe they’ll try hard to keep him. He had a so-so 2010, but he’s one of the most consistent LH relievers in baseball. And he’s not just a loogy.
Edd— as long as you post them properly I trust anything you want to dump into the photo bucket—super late getting K8 going for Halloween so I’ll check it out later— left my ph at home by accident today so no pics and no ability to respond to anyone who was trying to reach me. I ended up on Market, quite deep. It was a short trip but epic. Worst problem was (at least where I was) there wasn’t anywhere for people to piss so you can imagine how that turned out…..
I was looking for you guys every crowd shot. Or a oneflapdown77 sign. Never saw any. I did think the cars with the players in them moved a bit fast. I am going to bed and I just wanted to let you know they are there because the west coast has some time left for trick or treat or for looking at parade photos. Let you know more tomorrow.
My pics totally suck….I couldn’t get a shot of anything except other people taking pictures. Not to mention having to deal with high school idiots and a moron A’s fan who seriously tried to start a mosh pit and kept screaming “Let’s go Oakland!” as he did it.
takes all kinds to fill a parade, eh?
Flav, shoot me an email later. I got some epic pics (Vip) seating. Phone is just about dead but when I get home I’d be more than happy to send them to you
Watching from the sofa with champagne in hand….Loved most of the stuff at Civic Center. The city and the G’s did a great job. Spanish segment was cool. Loved seeing Tito Fuentes. Got a little choked up with Sabean and Bochy speeches.
The parade itself was difficult to watch with TV jockeying back and forth and reporters asking inane questions. But all in all, great to see the fans and players enjoying themselves.
Checking out the cover of SI and feeling tremendous pride and joy.
When does the hot stove league officially begin?
An early one from the web..
wow, that really says it all
Reminds me of the Mary Tyler Moore show intro, without throwing the cap.
“Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all”…
HOPE THIS FITS
clubhouse guru extraordinaire
Murph was up front in the parade order, I think just after all the announcers.
We left our house to dodge trick or treaters so I did not see many speeches after the team introduced on stage and Larry Baer. BUT I noticed two episodes, MIke Murphy shushed people away; didn’t want the attention. And when someone, maybe Baer, was giving players’ nicknames, I caught Vogey turn to Bumgarner and imitate a snot rocket! That was funny! I thought it was just us. (And I thought Reverend was our nickname for Pence.) BTW, my daughter thinks Pence is a hottie after shaving.
So does your daughter shave often, Pawlie
me and my unclear antecedents
Great hearing all the stories about the Parade…What is Flav’s email address? I want to send him a picture of my SF pumpkin.
Mike, I emailed Big Flav some photos.. I do know the img src thing for wordpress, but I don’t know how to post photos from my Iphoto library.. Probably better that way anyways, don’t want to spam up his blog, when I really don;t know what I’m doing Tech wise. .. I got some good ones (like 4 feet away from a lot of the players, etc).. If you want, I can email them to you (I have more than I sent Flav) or he can just CC you what I sent him, if you’re interested..
I sat next to the owner of the Fresno Grizzlies, and um, Ross Mirkirami..
Twin just made a sublime reference to MacDog, the Giants, and James Cagney, all at once.
Google it, if you don’t know what the hell he was raving about.
The 2012 Giants were, at the wire, WHITE HOT.
my 2012 SF Giants swag has been released from customs. Won’t be long now and nottinghamshire will be seeing Giants Pride.
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