WALNUT CREEK -- Cynthia Nelson needed one more thing to make the San Francisco Giants 2010 season complete -- to see that shiny world champions trophy for herself.
"I have been a die-hard fan since the early 1970s," said the Vallejo resident, first in line about 7 a.m. Monday, to see the trophy in Walnut Creek. "I have been waiting for this all my life."
Though it has been three months since the Giants clinched the title, fans were still eager to revel in the win as they waited hours in line to catch a glimpse and take photos of the World Series trophy.
Orange and black ruled in Walnut Creek on Monday as a line with an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people snaked down the block and around the Lesher Center, where the viewing was held.
The 2011 Trophy Tour, with stops all over California, provides a chance for fans to relive part of the "torture" that led the Giants to their World Series win Nov. 1.
Though Buster Posey and Brian Wilson weren't in Walnut Creek, plenty of fans sported the players' jerseys as they posed with the 20-pound sterling silver trophy.
This was Eric Valverde's second time seeing the hardware, having viewed it on display at San Francisco City Hall. After seeing it again Monday, he walked around the outside of the Lesher Center carrying a Giants flag attached to a homemade flagpole that lights up. He wants to see the trophy again and get a third picture, this time taken from his left side, Valverde said.
Beryl Verdin, of Concord, took her three grandchildren to see the trophy Monday. Two of the kids she took missed school for it.
"These are straight-A students; they can take a day off for this," said Verdin, a lifelong Giants fan who bought most of the orange-and-black gear her grandkids were sporting. Verdin's group got there about 7:15 a.m. and spent the morning reading books and playing chess.
With the Giants' first spring training game slated for Feb. 25 in Arizona, fans are pumped for another winning season. But there is disagreement within the Cordova family of Concord over whether back-to-back championships are possible. Rose Cordova, 11, sporting a Pablo Sandoval panda hat Monday, said she believes it will happen; her 12-year-old brother Daniel Cordova thinks it's unrealistic.
"I don't think they can do it again this year. "... Maybe next year," he said.
Before its 2010 win, the team last won the World Series in 1954, while still in New York.
On Monday, fans took photos while waiting to see the trophy. But once they stepped up to the plate behind the trophy -- and were cautioned not to touch it -- a professional photographer snapped a shot. Fans can purchase those images, starting at $14.99, online.
The trophy will be on display again from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Stoneridge mall in Pleasanton, and will then continue its tour around the Bay Area in Monterey, San Bruno and San Rafael. For a complete listing of tour dates and times, go to www.sfgiants.com.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.