Thursday, November 01, 2012

Orange and Black Parade



You know what they say, they say lightning never strikes twice.

It was only two years ago that the Giants won the World Series and rode in triumph up Market Street, the main street of their hometown, San Francisco.

Now here they are again, in orange and black Halloween parade, right up the middle of the street. A million people, maybe more, turned out to see them.

They know how much this San Francisco Giants means to this city, and to this part of the world. It means we can forget about all the things we worried about - our jobs, the election, Hurricane Sandy and whatever it is, just forget about it.

Our baseball team has won it all. It was kinda magical to think about it. The Cincinnati Reds almost punched them out. Saint Louis Cardinals, champions of the world only a year ago, had the Giants on the brink. 

And then came Detroit, the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 30 years. They have fearsome pitching, they have Prince Fielder, big as a horse and twice as strong.

But at the victory parade, there was an orange Chinese lion and a black one, and a golden dragon. A lot of Giants. No tigers. 

And what great names these Giants have – Pablo Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda. Best name since Babe Ruth, another guy who hit 3 homers in one World Series game. Buster Posey. Barry Zito. Madison Bumgarner, who sounded like a one man loafer. Sergio Romo the pitcher who closed it out, a skinny kid with orange and black socks. 

And dozen others. Amazing.

Now the Giants are Champions of the World. The City cheers and yells and grace itself in orange and black. 

A day to savor. Twice in a lifetime.

Orange and Black Parade – Carl Nolte


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