As the champagne begins to dry, the San Francisco Giants will be returning home with their second World Series in three seasons. In keeping with tradition, the team is holding a parade to celebrate their triumph with their fans.
Appropriately enough, because their primary colors are black and orange, the celebration will be held on Halloween, as San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee pointed out on Twitter. .
Before fans can take part in what should be a joyous moment—of course, a bunch of idiots have to ruin a good thing by rioting in the streets after the series ended—they need to know where the party will be.
You are in luck, because the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that things will start at "Montgomery and Washington streets and go southbound on Montgomery to Market Street before continuing west on Market to Civic Center Plaza."
For all the nostalgic people out there, the report also says that this is the route the Giants took to San Francisco after moving from New York.
For the Giants, this celebration is about more than just another World Series. This is affirmation that they are, at least for the moment, the best playoff team of this era in baseball.
That is an important distinction to make, because what happens in a short series and over the course of 162 games are seldom the same thing. The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals were the top two teams in the American and National Leagues during the regular season.
But because the Giants have built such a strong foundation around pitching, and a lineup that features the presumptive MVP (Buster Posey) and a resurgent Pablo Sandoval, they are able to own October when they get in.
This celebration is about showing the world that even when things don't go right in the regular season, everything can fall into place when it matters most—just look at Tim Lincecum.
The Giants made the plays offensively and defensively when they had to, which is why they will give San Francisco reason to celebrate one more time.