Every two years, thousands of people gather in San Francisco and especially in Civic Center Plaza to watch a parade, blow off work, drink Jagermeister, smoke a ton of weed, and celebrate a World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants, who are rapidly becoming the New York Yankees of the '10s.
The 2010 parade, which I also covered, was notable for the fact that it was 81 degrees out and it was also the first time the Giants had won the World Series since they moved to San Francisco when The Ed Sullivan Show was still on the air. This year was considerably colder and also seemed a little drunker, for some reason.
We were all worried about this guy, who climbed up on top of a 5 or 6-story building and stood there at the edge. One strong breeze and the cleaning crew would have been wiping this guy off the pavement instead of just confetti.
got more attention than anything else, pretty much.
When Romo came by where we were perched, fans along the sidewalk started throwing tortillas at him. Romo seemed to get the joke, and ran around grabbing the tortillas up and throwing them back into the crowd. He looked like he was having a total fucking blast.
Then I got this tweet.
@sfist @40goingon28 The tortilla throwing comes from Incredibly Strange Wrestling, San Francisco's punk wrestling spectacular. #SFGiantsHuh. I did not know that. I remember seeing flyers all around town for Incredibly Strange Wrestling, which was a thing in the 90's here in SF and which Bob Calhoun has written a book about, but I didn't know (1) that it involved coordinated tortilla throwing and (2) that this tortilla throwing survived ISW and became a Thing unto itself. I'm still not sure how the mechanics of this work. Do you just carry tortillas around and hope for an opportune moment to throw them? Is it a coordinated thing, or are there Lone Ranger Tortilla Throwers?
— bob calhoun (@bob_calhoun) October 31, 2012
ANYWAY. The party then progressed to Civic Center Plaza, which had become fairly crowded.
(Also, I don't want to get morbid or anything, but Gavin Newsom's daughter looks EXACTLY like Jon-Benet Ramsey.)
So congrats, Giants, on a great year and a truly unbelievable playoff run. Honestly? I still can't believe they actually came back from 0-2 against Cincinnati. Everything since that has felt kind of unreal.
Also, make sure and re-sign Angel Pagan. That is all.