PLEASANTON -- All due respect to Willie Mays, Tim Lincecum and the Bonds clan, but Tiffany is the San Francisco Giants' real rock star.
What Giant has an entourage for public visits? Or a 24-hour security detail on road trips? And what Giant is handled with white gloves?
Tiffany, Tiffany and Tiffany.
The current crop of Giants may sell out AT&T Park, but no matter where Tiffany goes she has commanded crowds of thousands, who wait hours for a 30-second glimpse and photo.
For the past month, Tiffany -- as she is known by her handlers, but who's otherwise known as the Commissioner's Trophy, awarded to the Giants after the team's 2010 World Series victory -- has embarked on a 35-stop city tour where fans have been known to start lining up at 2:30 a.m. for an appearance that starts at 10 a.m.
"She is the biggest rock star we have," said Missy Mikulecky, the Giants director of photography and archives and one of 16 people who make up Tiffany's entourage. She was named after Tiffany & Co., the firm that has made the trophies for World Series winners since 2000.
"It's similar and almost more intense for people than when they see Mays and other great players," she said about fans' trophy reactions. "This is the first trophy we have had in San Francisco and it resonates with everyone."
The attention hasn't inflated the 20-pound, 24-inch trophy's ego too much, although Mikulecky does call her a "diva of the people."
Mikulecky was a part of the January trip to New York when Tiffany flew first class on Virgin America. It was Mikulecky who never left Tiffany's side during the trip -- ordering room service rather than leaving Tiffany alone, and sleeping with her at arm's length. It affected her so much, that Mikulecky had trouble sleeping when she got home.
"I was so used to feeling where it was," Mikulecky said. "I woke up at night in a little bit of a panic."
Entourage members went through training on how to handle Tiffany, and they're the ones who enforce the no-touching rule when she is out in public.
Tiffany, whose creator calls "priceless," does have some diva qualities.
She's polished every day, and on road trips she travels in a pickup with a special paint job that tips off onlookers to who is inside. When she flies, it's only first class.
She has her own traveling photographer and is constantly hounded by adoring fans clicking away pictures on cameras and cell phones.
"It amazes me, the sheer number of people that show up," said Shana Daum, the Giants director of public affairs and community relations. "Everywhere we have gone it has been 1,000 to 2,000 people that have showed up."
But Tiffany's fans have waited 56 years for her.
She is the reason elderly women have brought photos of their deceased husbands to be photographed with the trophy (Stockton and Chico).
And, Tiffany was the reason Dublin resident Randall Gordner broke his no-waiting-in-lines rule Wednesday at Pleasanton's Stoneridge mall.
"I'm not a line guy," said Gordner, one of more than 2,500 people who saw Tiffany at the mall.
"This is such a novel idea and one that you don't get every day."
Tiffany is also the reason Sherry Yarbrough waited since 8 a.m. Wednesday and was the first in line at Stoneridge, along with her family of four.
"The players come and go but the trophy will always be there," she said. "I will remember players, but the trophy will always be there for me to take my grandkids to see."
Robert Jordan covers Dublin and Pleasanton. Contact him at 925-847-2184.
The Giants' World Series trophy will make its last East Bay stop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. For the full schedule, go to www.sfgiants.com.