SOQUEL -- Erin Paster has been a San Francisco Giants fan for a decade but the Soquel resident missed out on a chance to see the team's 2010 trophy when it made a stop at the Cocoanut Grove soon after the World Series.
Unwilling to miss that chance again, she joined dozens of people at Soquel High School Tuesday night to get a glimpse at the Giants' shiny silver and gold-plated 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies. The 24-inch-tall trophies were crafted by the famous Tiffany and Co.
"I started watching the Giants during the Barry Bonds home run marathon," Paster said as she sat inside the school's gym clad in a Giants jacket and baseball cap.
She was hooked and kept watching. Then the team pulled through with a 2010 World Series win.
"As a fan, it's super exciting to have a team reward you like," Paster said.
Inside the gym, families and friends took turns posing with the trophies for photos, many wearing their Giants attire, creating a sea of orange and black throughout the room. Outside the gym, dozens of people stood in a line that wrapped around the exterior of the school for their chance to see the trophies and snap a few photographs. Taking photographs with the trophies was $20 for a print but visitors were welcome to snap as many shots of the trophies themselves as they wanted from a small distance.
Among those standing in line was Grant Boles, a California Highway Patrol officer. Boles and his wife, Sherry, brought
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Grant Boles, who described himself as a lifelong Giants fan.
Also waiting to see the trophies was Caesar Ramirez of Santa Cruz.
"I came here just to be next to the trophies for the team I love," he said. "I've been a fan for about 31 years, since moving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area."
Tuesday's event marked another stop in a three-month tour of the trophies, sponsored by Bank of America. An estimated 2,000 people came to see the 2010 trophy when it made a stop in Santa Cruz in 2011.
The tour helps raise money for Junior Giants, a flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which serves more than 20,000 boys and girls in 80 underserved communities throughout northern and central California and southern Oregon. The free, noncompetitive baseball program serves as a model for Major League Baseball youth initiatives.
It provides children with mentors and helps them develop confidence, leadership skills and a healthy lifestyle.
Last year, the Live Oak Junior Giants League served 210 children who live in the area or attend school in the Live Oak School District. The league is supported by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Activity League, the Live Oak School District and Community Bridges/Live Oak Family Resource Center.
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