SF Giants Parade 2012: Biggest Stars to Watch During San Francisco's Celebration

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SF Giants Parade 2012: Biggest Stars to Watch During San Francisco's Celebration
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The San Francisco Giants have put together one of the greatest postseason performances in Major League Baseball history, and they deserve the honor of hosting the championship parade after sweeping the favored Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

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For the second time since 2010, the Giants are world champions and San Francisco will have the chance to celebrate with their team.

What’s better than a post-championship parade?

As the Bay Area continues to prepare for the wild party that will be the Giants World Series parade, we have compiled all the need-to-know information for fans and found out which of the charismatic San Francisco players will steal the show.

Spoiler alert; he has a beard!

Date: Wednesday, October 31

Time: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)

TV Schedule: KRON 4 or their Facebook feed

The Route

2010 Parade Route - KGO-TV San Francisco, CA

While the official route has yet to be named, there is little doubt that the Giants will travel the same way they came in 2010 for their last World Series win.

That route—composed of a long stretch of road on Market Street before heading towards Civic Center Plaza—was the same used when the team originally made their trip from New York in 1958.

Now the Giants get to make this trip once again, but this time they’ll be holding yet another World Series trophy.

What They’re Saying

San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee is already preparing for the parade via Twitter and has formally invited the fans to come out and support the team:

For those Giants fans that have to work or aren’t in the Bay Area, FOX 40 will be covering the event live for the fans from alongside the parade route:

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Giants Star That’ll Steal the Show: Brian Wilson, P

Despite the fact that Giants star closer Brian Wilson was forced to miss the majority of the season—including all of the playoffs—after Tommy John surgery on his elbow, there is no better man to express the feelings of his teammates and the joy of the fans than the charismatic pitcher.

Wilson is a fun-loving star that has played a huge part in the success of San Francisco over the last several years. While hearing manager Bruce Bochy speak to the crowd will be a rush, Wilson is the kind of player that says exactly what he is thinking and that makes for some classic moments.

Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey will have interesting speeches about the offense and Matt Cain and Sergio Romo will talk about the pitching, but no one will put into words the joys of the San Francisco fans more than the team’s bearded closer, Wilson.

The young star may not have helped on the field, but his constant upbeat attitude and cheerleading from the dugout made him a huge part of this World Series win.

Even if you don’t believe that the closer helped the team sitting on the bench, Wilson will steal the show at the parade regardless. Just sit back and enjoy.

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