After the Giants had won their second World Series Championship in 2012, I knew there was going to be a tour of the Championship Trophy around the state. I took my daughter in 2010 to see their first one in Walnut Creek. My son was five at the time and I did not take him. He was a handful and I knew he would be hard to control if I did. I promised him if the Giants won again that I would take both of
Needless to say, he remembered.
So, I took my son to go see the Giants Championship Trophies on Wednesday Jan. 16 in Vallejo. I also invited my daughter to come but she declined. She said she wanted for me to have a special time with my son. It was very sweet and honest. But also I think that since she is 12 ½ she just might not be that excited to go.
My son got out of school at 12:30 and we drove over to Vallejo. The venue was the Foly Cultural Center close to Marine World. You could literally see Marine World and the water show stage from the center. It was also held there also back in 2010. It was a breeze to get there and we found easy parking.
We were in line by 1 p.m. and there were already at least 100 people ahead of us. The line constantly grew with people passing us on the path and lining up behind us. Finally the line stretched down the path around the corner and to the docks where people were fishing. We brought chairs because I knew there was going to be a bit of a wait until the started to let us in at 3:30 p.m. Also, some animal handlers from Marine World came over and were showing off to all a Ferret, Porcupine, and a rather large blue parrot! People were taking pictures with them and in awe of the porcupine and the way he was moving.
The people around us were all talking Giants. All their memories of games, players, chance meeting with players, etc. were being shared with one another. They were mostly from Marin and Vallejo. My son was climbing trees and playing with other kids. It was a good time and good group of people.
The trophies arrived around 3 p.m. in the Giants special SUV all decked out with their logo and trophy. The scheduled time for pictures was to start at 3:30 so at 3 p.m. I packed everything back into our van so we just had our camera. The Giants started early to the delight of the crowd — 3:15 was when they opened the doors and the line moved at a good pace.
As we moved into the center, the Giants were replaying Matt Cain’s perfect game from last year on a big projection screen. We also found out that that the Giants would take your picture with your camera as well with theirs! Last time you only could have your picture taken with their photographer and had to buy it from them. This year was a vast improvement! They even provided a person to take your camera and make sure to get you all in the picture! But you still have the option to buy a picture from them on site immediately or online. If you were to buy them there the least expensive was $20 for an 8X10 and $200 for an 11X14 with a frame.
Also online you can view your pictures and order them there starting at $14.99
for a 5X7. But since I have a very good camera and the person who helped take a
picture of my son and I knew what he was doing I will be passing on buying from
them. But I must say their pictures come with nice boarders and other options to make it look great!
It was a good day for my son and I. The Giants were great for letting us use our own camera. The people in line and running the tour were great. And having our picture with the trophies was priceless. I encourage anyone, especially Giants fans, to go. It is free and the experience was great. Check out the Giants website to see when the trophy will be in your area.