Symbols of the San Francisco Giants’ three World Series championships in the last five seasons are coming to town in what has become a post-victory tradition.
When the team puts its trophy for winning the 2014 series crown on display at Raley Field on Wednesday – along with trophies from their 2010 and 2012 victories – it will mark the third time Sacramento-area residents get an up-close look at the shining championship prizes.
The Giants brought their 2010 trophy to Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California in 2011, and the 2010 and 2012 trophies to Sacramento City Hall in 2013.
This year’s Raley Field trophy tour stop in West Sacramento will feature all three mementos being set up in center field. From 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. the public will be allowed to view the trophies up close, take pictures and generally celebrate the Giants’ continuing run at the apex of professional baseball success.
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Attendees will be allowed to take one photo per person. Those who come in a group will have the option to take a group or individual photo, but not both, according to rules published by the Giants.
Fans also will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the trophies and can purchase those prints on site and online.
The team says it will attempt to accommodate as many fans as possible during the viewing period, but urges fans to arrive early because the line will be cut off, if needed, to allow the trophies to leave at the designated end time, a Giants website posting states.
Fans will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, and fans who arrive during the designated viewing time are not automatically guaranteed a photo with the trophies.
Admission is free, though the Giants suggest attendees donate to the Junior Giants program.
The Giants got to the 2014 championship by earning a wild-card berth in the National League playoffs, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild-card game, upsetting the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series, overcoming the favored St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, then beating the American League champion Kansas City Royals in a seven-game World Series.
Bringing the trophies to Raley Field has added significance because it is the home stadium of the Triple-A River Cats, whose major-league affiliation was switched at the end of the 2014 season to the Giants after years of being the Oakland A’s top farm club. Both the Giants and River Cats lauded the switch, citing the high level of Sacramento’s traditional support of the Giants.