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Giants 2012 World Championship: A Special Parade Up Market Street

A million plus Giants fans came out on a beautiful Fall day lining San Francisco's downtown streets to cheer and celebrate their World Series Champions with a grand parade. Again.

In 2010 the team's World Series victory parade was this strange and shiny new toy that took our breath away and was non-stop exciting in ways that are hard to explain. The 2012 Series parade held Wednesday felt like more of an affirmation of an extraordinary achievement: a World Series sweep and two Series wins in three years.

Favorite sign along the route: "Dodger fans are working today".

Favorite tee-shirt: Sergio Romo's wonderful "I Just Look Illegal".

Best quote: from the Great One, Willie Mays, when asked which parade was best– the original 1958 parade when the Giants first came to San Francisco, the 2010 victory parade, or the 2012 parade. "This one. This is the best." Indeed it was.

A fitting end to the 2012 journey by a group of talented, hard-nosed baseball players who simply wanted to win. And management and an ownership group that has nurtured and blossomed this team into what is probably the premier franchise in the game today.

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