Tens of thousands of people decked out in the team’s holiday-appropriate colors stood 20 deep behind barriers along the city’s main commercial street to watch their favorite players wave from atop individual convertibles.
Standing next to a gold Rolls Royce that served as his ride, Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited the fans with helping lift San Francisco to its second World Series victory in three years, an improbable double play for a team that before 2010 had not won a World Series title since 1954.
“The support they gave us was unwavering,” Bochy said. “Even when we were six to seven games back, they kept filling the park. They never gave up on us. They are like part of the club.”
Spectators watched San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith drive a car carrying Giants pitcher Matt Cain, while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did the honors for Giant Brandon Belt.
Fan Kevin Yarbrough wore a giant white panda costume in tribute to Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval, the Series MVP and a former Augusta GreenJacket whose nickname is the “Panda.”
ANGELS: Traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk.
The Angels exercised Santana’s $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals.
INDIANS: Sandy Alomar Jr. will become a major league manager someday. For now, he is staying with Cleveland.
Alomar, the bench coach who served as the club’s interim manager for six games after Manny Acta was fired in September, will return next season as new manager Terry Francona’s bench coach.
• Picked up Ubaldo Jimenez’s $5.75 million contract option for next season.
YANKEES: Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with New York and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency.
METS: Picked up the contract options for All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
BLUE JAYS: Exercised their $3 million option on left-hander Darren Oliver and have signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract after declining the option on his previous two-year deal.
MARLINS: A person familiar with Miami’s managerial search says former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon has become at least the fourth candidate to interview for the job.