San Francisco turned into a sea of orange Thursday, as more than one million fans lined the parade route to celebrate the city’s first-ever World Series crown. After clinching the National League title on October 23, the San Francisco Giants dropped only one game against the Texas Rangers. Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who was a member of the last Giants team to win a World Series in New York in 1954, basked in the glow of cheering fans as he waved to them from a convertible rolling through downtown San Francisco. In another convertible, Giants manager Bruce Bochy hoisted the trophy as orange, black and white ticker-tape rained down. The two-hour procession included the players riding in vintage cable cars, tracing the same route the team took when it moved west in 1958. Brian “Fear the Beard” Wilson, delighted fans when the pitcher jumped off his cable car to wade into the screaming throng of fans, 50-deep in some areas.
Earlier that morning, before the first float glided down Market Street, McCall’s Lee Gregory received a call from the Giants at 6:30 AM asking if the San Francisco based catering company could serve the lunch at City Hall. Working feverishly, the chefs at McCalls made 250 meals for the Giants players, coaches, families and VIPs. McCalls also catered the World Series parties for the Giants, including the kick-off festivities held at the California Academy of Sciences for 2,000 people.
Thank you, SF Giants for a DREAM season!
Photo by Lucas Schoemaker: McCalls Chef Mario Molina with Giants outfielder Cody Ross at City Hall.