Fresh from their World Series sweep, the San Francisco Giants are coming home today, and a jubilant Bay Area is preparing to celebrate their arrival.
The team is scheduled to arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 3 p.m.
The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep and clinch their second World Series championship in three years.
They defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 in the 2010 World Series, the first title since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
“Kind of wanted it go one more game–wanted one more day of baseball–but I’ll take it,” said Steve Bonachita, 41, of Daly City. “Getting to the World Series was the toughest, but once we were there it was a breeze.”
The Giants fought off elimination in both the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds and the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals before sweeping the Tigers.
“The rain in Detroit couldn’t dampen the drive, talent and determination of the San Francisco Giants team tonight,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Sunday night. “Once again, the Giants brought our city together as we all cheered on our hometown heroes to another remarkable World Series victory.”
Lee announced that the championship ticker-tape parade will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the foot of Market Street and end at Civic Center, where there will be a celebration.
Bonachita, who was wearing a Giants jacket, missed the 2010 parade but will be there this time.
“I’m definitely not missing this one,” he said.
The Giants went into the 10th inning tied 3-3 but a single from Marco Scutaro plated Ryan Theriot to put them ahead 4-3. Closer Sergio Romo finished it off by striking out the side.
The win also gives the Giants their seventh championship in franchise history.