“I loved it when they started acting goofy,” said Janet Clark, 55. “That’s exactly who the Giants are.”
With the victory parade coinciding with Halloween, costumed masses brought an even more festive feel to what city officials hoped would be a family friendly, alcohol-free event.
Philip and Alyssa Lozano got up in Sacramento at 3:30 so they and their son could catch a ferry in time to witness the whole spectacle. Nine-year-old Christian Lozano was dressed up for Halloween as, what else, a panda, in tribute to Sandoval, whose nickname is the “Panda.”
“We’ve been representing the Giants for a while and couldn’t make it to the parade in 2010,” Philip Lozano said.
San Francisco police spokesman Michael Andraychak said a handful of people were arrested for public intoxication and officers issued a few citations for fighting, but the crowds generally were cooperative.
Some fans carried brooms as a reminder of the Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Later, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee handed Giants President Larry Baer a ceremonial metal “broom to the city” along with the customary key.
Alex Warlen and Kelly Simms, both 17, were among the hundreds of people who camped out overnight in the plaza to ensure they had prime viewing spots. Warlen is a pitcher and Simms a catcher for the softball team at San Francisco’s Mercy High School. The team is co-champion of its division.
“Buster is the reason I’m a catcher,” read a sign Simms carried, referring to the Giants’ Buster Posey. The high school seniors said Mercy administrators gave students the day off, so they weren’t cutting school.
“We would have skipped anyway,” Simms said.