Pandas and giraffes were spotted everywhere last month as enthusiastic San Francisco Giants fans proudly donned their orange, black and “zoo” gear in anticipation for an exciting – and always torturous – Orange October.
The World Series between the SF Giants and the Detroit Tigers kicked off at our own AT&T Park on October 24th with an impressive shut out win by our boys that included three homeruns by Pablo “Panda” Sandoval. The next day, anotherexhilarating home game win by the Giants followed. All the nail-biting, shouting and cheering of true devotees certainly works up an appetite and McCalls was delighted to participate in all the excitement by hosting the home game after parties on Pier 48. Faithful fans were greeted to huge bowls of steaming Cioppino and Corn Chowder, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Artisanal Cheeses and a Candy Buffet overflowing with orange and black candies.
Games Three and Four carried on in Detroit, but it didn’t damper the enthusiasm here in San Francisco. As soon as Sergio Romo threw the last strike in Game Four – securing our second World Series Title in three years – the City exploded in celebration rejoicing in our sweep.
While Giants followers exulted in the streets, the McCalls team took to the drawing board to begin preparations for the upcoming city-wide victory celebration. Food and beverage menus were planned, organized and prepared in just two days.
Halloween morning saw the Giants players, staff, and their families waving from convertibles and cable cars amidst a sea of black and orange revelers. Their route ended at City Hall, where they were able to enjoy a small intimate celebration with family and friends before their on stage ceremony. Players and guests noshed on offerings of Chicken Verde, German Potato Salad, New York Sirloin of Beef, and Mini Reuben Sandwiches, the likes of which did not escape the keen eye of our former mayor, Willie Brown, who wrote in SF Gate, “Hooray as well to […] McCalls catering for all those Reuben sandwiches, which many players were stuffing not only into their mouths but also into their pockets.”
As a big fan and supporter of the Giants, McCalls looks forward to the continuing growth and success of this team. Our Giants, often called a team of misfits, in fact appear to be perfect fits in this dynamic baseball force that is not to be underestimated. Here’s to our boys in orange and more San Francisco Giants World Series Championships!
To read more of Willie Brown’s article about the Giants parade, please go to: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Parades-of-S-F-champs-a-regular-event-4006486.php?cmpid=emailarticle&cmpid=emailarticle