Under gray skies where a steady drizzle mixed with clouds of orange and black-and-white confetti shot from sidewalk cannons, players waved, snapped photos and mugged for the roaring crowds from the top of double-decker buses during the San Francisco Giants Victory Parade -- a change from the classic convertibles and cable cars on wheels that had transported them along their now-familiar route in 2010 and 2012.
And in good news for fans, Pablo Sandoval insists he wants to play the rest of his career for the San Francisco Giants, and for moments just like this. He's not naming his price, not now.
"I want to wear that jersey for the rest of my career," Sandoval said. "I'm going to go from what my heart tells me."
While other players doubled up on the buses, the day's undisputed giant among Giants, pitching ace Madison Bumgarner, was given his own flatbed truck to ride. It was adorned with a sign indicating his Most Valuable Player honors from both the World Series and the National League championship.
Dignitaries such as Giants legend Willie Mays, team president Larry Baer, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was San Francisco's mayor when the Giants won the Series in 2010, rode in convertibles.
Hall of Famer Willie McCovey took a break from his hospital-based rehab to attend the victory parade Friday from behind the scenes, thanking all the fans and well-wishers for the support and love through his recent health ordeal.