RICHMOND -- The sweet repeat in just three years of the San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour stop here proved Frank Sinatra got it right: "Love is lovelier, the second time around."
Fans lined up outside the Richmond Memorial Auditorium lobby Monday afternoon to see the team's 2010 and '12 trophies¿ and have their photos snapped with them.
"The second time was twice as sweet," Richmond resident Hugo Zelada Jr. said. "Just to show the world we can do it."
"I was there when they won -- both times!" said Napoleon Wommack of Richmond. "It was more excitement than a TV can show. It was a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Even Richmond Police Activities League Executive Director Larry Lewis couldn't contain his inner-boy enthusiasm.
"We had baseball all summer long, with 400 kids," he said. "When they put it out to us, we said 'Sure!' because we want Richmond people to benefit from the World Series."
Said City Manager Bill Lindsay: "It's nice to have bookends. I wasn't sure it would happen in my lifetime. ... Now, it feels like it's going to happen every two years."
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said residents are eager for a hometown draw that brings people together and explained her lack of orange attire easily, saying, "I have orange in my spirit."
At each stop of the trophy tour, Junior Giants communities and the general public have an opportunity to view -- but not touch! -- and pose with the sterling silver made-by-Tiffany trophies. This was its first East Bay visit; it goes to Vallejo on Wednesday before setting off for a New York City appearance on Saturday.
Other East Bay appearances will be 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 in Antioch, at the Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way; and in Livermore on March 2, at a time and place to be determined. It also makes its way to Tracy on March 20 before wrapping up on March 26 in Medford, Ore.
Opportunities to donate to the Junior Giants and have a picture taken by an official photographer are available for everyone the tour can accommodate during each two-hour visit.
Last week, Vincent LaForm and Craig Takehara waited three hours in Sacramento, only to be turned away with 200 people still in line in front of them. They showed up in Richmond three hours early.
"It's priceless to stand next to the trophy. I saw Will Clark hit a home run when I was 6. This is my team," LaForm said.
"With Giants trophies, it's the more the merrier," added Takehara, promising they'd be back in Richmond next year to see "number three."
But for Rigo and Ericka Gonzales, of Richmond, it was all about "two."
"Isabel is 2 months old today," her mother said, adjusting her daughter's tiny pink Giant's jersey. "This is her number two photo, too."
Ramon Martin and Tina Semaia volunteer with Richmond's Junior Giants summer camp and brought their three sons, who all play baseball.
"I liked Buster Posey best 'cause he hits the most home runs," said 10-year old Keyshawn.
Her father called the program "a good opportunity for everybody to get along" and police Officer Lewis, who was recruited by the RPD to work with youths, said the summer camp is a hit because it goes far beyond baseball.
"We promote health, fitness, academic success, reading, dental care. It's a plethora of activities with depth," he said.
Back in the line wrapping around the auditorium, Fairfield's Sarah White held up her laminated Game 4 World Series ticket.
"I got a ticket, went to Detroit, and I was a part of history," she said. "We're not a one-stop shop. We're a force to be reckoned with!"
Upcoming trophy tour updates are online at http://atmlb.com/Zx3syZ.