when i saw the trophy tour announcement i knew i had to get there when it arrived in new york city, i knew it could be an once in a lifetime opportunity for the elusive perfect picture for the family christmas card. you see, every time my wife asks the three kids to pose they joke "christmas card picture time..." or something like that. its been going on for years, in maine, at the grand canyon, even on our 2001 trip to san francisco and china basin.
so i booked a room in the hilton for friday and saturday night, my youngest son took the train from philly where he attends st. joes university and my daughter came on subway from brooklyn, my oldest son lives in manhattan, he overslept so we not only got one picture but three, starting at the front of the line first and getting on the back of the line while trying to wake him up by text and cell phone.
i waited on the line in about 8th place for two hours or so and the whole line became instant family, so many giants fans, so much sharing and wearing, the new york giants fan club, stories of 1951, bobby thompson, the polo grounds, younger sons and daughters who inherited this love from fathers, some west coast transplants, and a delightful 22 year old san franciscan who said he just had to make the trip to see the trophy in new york because he appreciate the history so much. buster posey came by and waved, larry baer, bill nuekem and brain sabean stopped and lingered. i shook hands with nuekem and thanked him for giving us this gift after so much joy and he just said "no, thank you, thanks to all of you." brian sabean was cordial and sat and posed with us for pictures, very nice. there may have been 500 to 1,000 people there, very orderly, very joyful, very classy. the background of willy mays playing stickball in harlem was classic. i held up a chronicle front page, some did the brian wilson cross forearms pose, some fathers held there young children and smiled, sweethearts kissed, our family posed in complete bliss.
it meant so very much to have this trophy shared in this way. i will treasure the photos forever and as i related to my wife i will never forget the weekend. much like early november, i felt so close to so many, seeing and feeling the community of the san francisco giants and the legacy from new york merging in complete and utter wonder.
thank you from the bottom of my heart.