Here is the opening to my Thursday column about the Giants’ victory celebration:


The Giants threw an orange-and-black party. At Civic Center Plaza, thousands of fans in Giants’ colors packed together to celebrate this season, this World Series, this championship. All those fans in one place in orange and black looked like Halloween gone global.

On big screens in front of City Hall, they watched the Giants’ motorcade starting at the Ferry Building and moving along Market Street, listened to Greg Papa and Bill Laskey and Vida Blue narrate and analyze and reminisce in serious TV voices. The three of them sounded like Walter Cronkite at a satellite launch or a royal wedding.

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  1. Jim Bancroft

    Lowell, I think the world of you but this wasn’t your best piece. It reads like something out of an SF Giants magazine, the sort they hand out at the turnstiles. And I realize you’re on tight deadline but don’t you know what ‘enormity’ means?

    Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean did a good job this year but are hardly the second coming of Bill Walsh. And your praise of Barry Zito for a couple of decent starts in the postseason was remarkable.

    I did enjoy your remarks regarding Mayor Lee. Like a number of others he jumped on the Giants bandwagon in 2010, took a year off, then found the coachman again two weeks ago. I wonder how he would have introduced JT Snow or Johnnie LeMaster?

    This club was no 1984 San Francisco 49ers. They are talented and my congratulations to them but they used a decade of luck to get past Cincinnati and St Louis, then ran into a flat Tigers team. How they do in the future is up for grabs. Bumgarner, Zito, Lincecum and Vogelsong all had dreadful stretches this season (Zito for most of his contract) and that does not augur well going forward.

    October 31st, 2012 10:36 pm

  2. Steve

    Lowell, that is a wonderful column. You captured every important moment – except one. Once again a bimbo from Beach Blanket Babylon messed up. During the playoffs, one of them flubbed the words to the Star Spangled Banner. And today, another one declared “A sweep by the San Francisco 49ers over the…” Oops, let’s try that again. Other than that, it was a great day in front of the tube savoring a glass of Chardonnay. Didn’t realize that Harbaugh and Alex Smith were chauffeurs for the day – how cool is that! Hope you handled the crowd okay. Enjoy your birthday.

    October 31st, 2012 10:53 pm

  3. Stan

    I didn’t like Krukow’s speech. Too much of the “They said we couldn’t” crap. Mike is like blood brother to Harbaugh in the us vs them thinking. And Mike sounds angry all the time now. If Krukow had named names..or said the eastcoast..but too often he does that “fans who aren’t as fanatical as him” are the bad guys.
    I don’t like that.

    November 1st, 2012 11:22 am

  4. Stan

    More of the internet: On a question board it was asked if the Inca’s ever fought with the Mayan’s or Aztecs? One answer was “The Inca’s fought the Mayans and the Irish in Ireland because the Irish wouldn’t share meat and potatoes”..it went on.
    Like one guy said..that was the craziest funny (censored) he read.
    Why do I like that stuff?..just pure Americana.

    November 1st, 2012 1:46 pm

  5. Neal

    I am not too much into the Parade details or speeches. I am more interested in if they are going sign Pagan, going to want a big pay day, and Sabean known for over paying and Scutaro. With Rowand and Huff contracts gone, they can afford it.

    November 1st, 2012 2:51 pm

  6. Stan

    It also could have been called the “Trophy Wife/GF parade. A lesson-with money you too can have a hot wife. What good is money if not for THAT?.lol..

    November 1st, 2012 4:11 pm

  7. chris

    that parade was fun to watch on the tube with all the reporters chasing the cars for interviews like huingry rats as Gary Radnich called them. And channel 7 reported that their people on the street were whiffing marijuana coming from the crowd and that Timmy mustuv liked that. This Giant team and organization did an amzing job this season but they are the example of the free agent ara to the max……..only ONE starter was on the field for the last out in Detroit was on the field in Texas 2 years earlier.

    November 1st, 2012 5:20 pm

  8. KauaiRobert

    ‘Zito earned his Get Out Of Hell Free Card.’
    That sentence is both the most poignant and the most hilarious thing I’ve read in a long, long time.
    Thanks for making my day Lowell!

    November 1st, 2012 5:22 pm

  9. Zach


    Thank you for writing this column; truly a wonderful and enjoyable read. I agree that sports and specifically, baseball, is a secular religion. I grew up in Petaluma, CA, 18 years in the same bedroom; since then, school and work have taking me across the country. Baseball and the Giants connect me back home and creates a bond my family, primarily my dad, like nothing else. Some of my earliest memories are watching the Giants in Candlestick and watching Scott Garrelts throw a shutout on my birthday in ’89. My dad remembers when the Giants arrived in the 50s and nothing makes me happier knowing he gets to enjoy baseball royalty in the Bay
    Area. Baseball connects like no other sport; I’m just soaking this in and enjoying the moment. Thanks again.

    November 1st, 2012 6:41 pm

  10. Johnc

    I have to admit I don’t like parades or clowns. I know you were assinged to cover this event but I get the feeling you were biting the bullet reporting on it.
    I went to one Parade in my life..a St.Patricks Day Parade and I never wanted to seen another. They are kinda goofy. I realize that they function as a way of uniting the community but as far as entertainment value I would rather watch reruns of Columbo drinking a beer.

    November 2nd, 2012 4:32 am

  11. Stan

    They aren’t my best posts..deleting them wont hurt my feelings. This time- wink.

    November 2nd, 2012 5:23 pm

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