Fil-Am fans in San Francisco welcome home the Giants

by Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Nov 01 2012 04:44 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2012 12:46 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - An estimated one million baseball fans gathered in San Francisco today, along the city's main streets and in front of City Hall, for a program welcoming home their beloved baseball team - the 2012 World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants.

One Filipino family began waiting here since 6 a.m.

Filipino-American fans watched the parade for the San Francisco Giants in downtown San Francisco. Photo by Robert P. Garcia

"Tuwang-tuwa kami.  Gusto naming makita ang mga players," Malou Maranan said.

"I'm glad we woke up early.  We were able to get this great spot to see the players on stage," Mabelle Maranan added.

This is perhaps the most successful era in Giants history, as it's the team's second world championship in only three years.

With devoted fans behind them in their journey to the top, the Giants swept the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

Fans dressed up in costumes at the parade for the 2012 World Champions
San Francisco Giants. Photos by Robert P. Garcia

Filipino-American Tim Lincecum was a starting pitcher in the 2010 World Series. But due to an uneven performance in the season, Lincecum was relegated to a reliever position.

Notheless, for these Pinoy fans, Lincecum stepped up to the plate.

"Proud na proud kami sa kanya," Eddie Arce, a Giants fan, said.

Lincecum, who gets paid more than $20 million a year, says the secret to their success is teamwork.
"It was an incredible feat.  It takes the team to pull together to achieve that feat," Lincecum said.

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee gave the team an unforgettable gift - the key to the city of San Francisco.

For the San Francisco giants, the world championship would not be possible without the love of their fans.

"You should be proud.  You are World Series Champions.  We are World Series Champions and that's what's up," Giants pitcher Sergio Romo said.