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San Francisco Giants team lift up winning pitcher Pitcher Tim Lincecum(55) celebrating win 3-1 against Texas Rangers winning the final game of World Series Game 6 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on Monday, November 1, 2010. (Josie Lepe/Mercury News)
First baseman Aubrey Huff buttoned his dress shirt amid a nearly empty clubhouse, some 21/2 hours after the Giants had won the World Series. He took a swig of beer, sighed about not having eaten all day and looked ahead to his next day on the job.
That comes today when he and his teammates will ride in a parade through the streets of San Francisco.
"It is not going to fully sink in until we get back to San Francisco, see the fans and go through that parade, which I can't wait to see," Huff said Monday night. "Pat Burrell told me, 'You wait, Huffy, that'll be the biggest thing about winning the World Series, when you see the fans at the parade.' I cannot wait."
Burrell, who won a World Series in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies, is one of five Giants already in possession of a ring. The others: Edgar Renteria (1997 Marlins); Javier Lopez (2007 Red Sox); and Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand (2005 White Sox).
Asked to compare, Rowand declined. "When you win a world championship, no one is better than another."
Huff, Burrell, Brian Wilson and Cody Ross were the last players to leave the Giants clubhouse. But one man remained, as always. Clubhouse manager Mike Murphy, who's been with the franchise since it came West in 1958, was still packing bags.
"I'm happy, and I'm happy guys came up and said, 'I did it for you, Murph. You've been here the longest and you deserve it,' " Murphy said.
"I've been at it for 53 years, and I've been a bridesmaid three times. I feel like I finally got married." An hour after the game, pitcher Matt Cain hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy on the field in front of the Giants dugout, surrounded by 200 team employees and their families. More than 1,000 Giants fans descended to the lower-level stands and serenaded that spillover celebration, which lasted on the field for at least an hour. Peter Magowan, who stepped aside two years ago as the Giants' managing partner, merrily stood amid the clubhouse celebration and said: "For me, what this game does, it knocks out all the bad memories. I don't have to think of (2002) anymore." The first guy to greet Giants managing partner Bill Neukom at the clubhouse beer cooler: Barry Zito. No, Zito did not tell him to put the beer on his tab. Giants executive Larry Baer was asked if a Giants' victory parade also would be held in San Jose, where the franchise maintains "territorial rights." Baer responded with a polite "no" to the question, posed by Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy. "We're the WORLD CHAMPIONS!" third base coach Tim Flannery shouted while spraying champagne on unsuspecting players as they turned a corner in the clubhouse tunnel.
As reliever Sergio Romo sprayed Giants legend Will Clark with beer, Clark responded: "See, no goggles for me. Just straight take it." What, you expected Clark to say he has waited so bleepin' long for this championship? Booked for "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, Wilson vowed: "It'll be legendary." Asked if he would also do "The Late Show With David Letterman," Wilson responded: "Only MVPs do that." Tim Lincecum's clubhouse interview -- "I was very poised out there. From the first inning on, my adrenaline dissipated and I was able to calm down." -- ended abruptly when Jonathan Sanchez doused him with beer. Ross attempted to explain a postseason that saw him bat .294 with five home runs, 10 extra-base hits and 10 RBI. "I just played with a lot of heart. I looked myself in the mirror every night and asked if I gave it my all. That's how you keep yourself in check." Wilson on the rookie catcher: "How 'bout Buster Posey's first year, winning the World Series and catching the final pitch?"
Wilson on the season: "It's been storybook all year. We had to win this one, because of the guys that come into our locker room all the time that never got to experience one (in San Francisco). Willie Mays, (Willie) McCovey, guys that we get spoiled to see on a daily basis. This one's for them."
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