The World Series champion San Francisco Giants arrived back in the Bay Area to a heroes welcome Monday afternoon.
NBC Bay Area's helicopter, along with other media helicopters followed the team as their United charter flight landed at SFO.
Touch down happened at 3:50 p.m. The team's plane was greeted with a water canyon salute by two airport water tenders.
Manager Bruce Bochy was one of the first people off the plane. He carried the World Series trophy down the jet-way. He was followed by the team, the coaches, the broadcasters and members of the Giants staff. Wives, children and girlfriends were also on the huge jumbo jet.
Giants CEO Larry Baer was the only person to talk to the fans on the tarmac. He gave a few high fives before going back to the bus to grab the trophy to show the SFO staff members for the first of what will be hundreds of fan trophy photo ops.
From there everyone jumped on charter buses for a ride to AT&T Park where hundreds of fans gathered to cheer the World Series sweep.
The drive was not your typical 4:30 p.m. commute up Highway 101 thanks to a CHP rolling stop of traffic ahead of the caravan that also included a police motorcycle escort.
The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers Sunday night with a 10th inning win in Detroit. The team spent the night in Michigan and then hopped on their plane Monday morning for a long five hour flight across the country.
Monday's arrival was a very informal event but did have some fan to player interaction. "I want to get signatures and take pictures with all of them," fan Daniela Catubid said.
Barricades kept the fans a ways away from where the players unloaded, but World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval walked through the crowd carrying the World Series trophy over his head.
"They support us every day they deserve this," Sandoval said.
He handed the trophy off to pitcher Sergio Romo. The fans went wild at the sight of the players and the trophy.
"A lot of players just can't wait for the parade," fan Steven Pence said.
The main event for the team and their fans is the parade which is set to begin Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.
The ticker tape parade route will be from the foot of Market to City Hall for a Civic Center Plaza rally.
The parade after the Giants won the series in 2010 drew hundreds of thousands of fans. One estimate had the 2010 crowd at one million people.
Wednesday is Halloween and is sure to be a colorful affair. The group charged with making floats for the event is now moving at fastball speed to get them decorated in time.
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