Giants' victory parade set for Wednesday
Route will mimic that taken when team arrived in 1958
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are getting ready to party like it's 1958.
The parade route taken when the Giants were first welcomed to The City by the Bay will be used once again, this time when the World Series trophy is welcomed to City Hall.
San Francisco city officials announced following the Giants' Game 5 victory over the Rangers in Texas on Monday night that a ticker-tape parade honoring the team will be held at 11 a.m. PT Wednesday, starting at the intersection of Montgomery and Washington streets and heading southbound on Montgomery before continuing westbound on Market Street to Civic Center Plaza. Live coverage on MLB.com begins at 10 a.m. PT. MLB Network's coverage begins at 11 a.m.
The parade will conclude on the steps of City Hall, where Mayor Gavin Newsom will present the team with the key to the city.
"San Francisco could not be prouder of its hometown San Francisco Giants tonight," Newsom said in a city press release following the victory. "Congratulations to every player on the roster and to the entire San Francisco Giants organization. You have earned this historic world championship through your talent, determination and teamwork, defying the odds and bringing the entire city together throughout this remarkable season."
The Mayor's office said the sidewalks lining Wednesday's parade route are open to all members of the public, and those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early and take public transportation.
The Giants clinched the first World Series title since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958 with a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with ace Tim Lincecum throwing eight innings and Brian Wilson -- sporting his best "Fear the Beard" facial hair -- sealing the deal in the ninth inning.
No doubt, there will be plenty of beards among the fans on the parade route -- men, women and children. Also, figure on a lot of references on signs to torture, the team's unofficial theme for the year after dozens of close games and agonizing defeats steeled their will to win into the postseason.
They'll be there by the thousands to honor the Freak and the rest of the pitching staff that took the trophy one zero at a time, to cheer Aubrey Huff and his red rally thong, to bask once more in the postseason heroics of World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, Juan Uribe and Cody Ross.
The City, as it is known, already was decked out in orange for all of October, with the famous Coit Tower and the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero as well as other buildings in the city alit with orange glow during the playoffs, right up to the first two games of the World Series at AT&T Park, both won by the Giants.
Figure on an orange river flowing through the streets of San Francisco.
Game 6 of the World Series would have been played Wednesday in San Francisco, but no doubt Giants fans are more than happy to replace that game with a downtown parade.
"I told work, 'I'm gone. I'm not going to be here all week. I'm just going to party with my people out there,'" said Giants fans Alvaro Martinez, born and raised in San Francisco but currently living and (still?) working in Los Angeles County.San Francisco has a rich history of parades, with the annual San Francisco Pride Parade, which celebrates the lesbian-gay-transgender community, in June and an annual St. Patrick's Day parade, both of which use the Market St. route. There's also a Chinese New Year Parade that brings a spectacular display of Asian culture to the streets around Chinatown every year.
In the 1958 Giants parade, fans packed the streets to welcome the team to the West Coast after they and the Dodgers made the move from New York City. The Giants re-created the parade in 2008 on the occasion of the team's 50th anniversary in San Francisco, and Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda joined the festivities.
The last time San Francisco hosted a sports parade of this magnitude was in 1995, when the city celebrated the fifth Super Bowl title won by the 49ers of the National Football League.
This time, an unlikely mix of homegrown talent, outcasts and misfits will be honored along a parade route in downtown San Francisco, carrying a very special item the city has waited since 1958 to bring home:
The World Series trophy.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.