DETROIT -- There were multitudes of Giants fans in a state of euphoria Monday, none more so than Hayward native Ashley Chavez.
Chavez, 25, has spent the past seven months living expense-free in New York City as the team's fan representative at Major League Baseball's Fan Cave, an interactive social media center at Fourth and Broadway in Manhattan.
One of three remaining "survivors" of the Fan Cave competition, she was flown in by MLB to be present at all four World Series games, where she watched her favorite team take batting practice down on the field, met many of the players and then cheered them as they closed out the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the World Series at Comerica Park.
Earlier this year, Chavez was one of nine fans selected from more than 22,000 applicants who crafted video essays about their devotion to their favorite team. She submitted an entry detailing her emotions about the Giants winning their first World Series in San Francisco in 2010.
And now they have another one.
"This is just insane," she said. "It will probably hit me in about two or three weeks. It could take months."
Chavez, who was working at a Men's Wearhouse a year ago as a tuxedo manager, has been a Giants fan since she was a toddler. She named all of her stuffed animals after former star first baseman Will Clark, and got to meet Clark this week.
She submitted her entry to the Fan Cave competition in early December, not expecting to ever hear back. But MLB contacted her in January, she moved to New York in late March and, with her outgoing and passionate personality, became a hit for her videos on the MLB Fan Cave website. One of her most popular video shorts was of her anguishing over the final inning of Matt Cain's perfect game in mid-June and bursting into tears when the final out was made.
"I was scared at first because I'd never really done video stuff like that before," Chavez said. "But the production team was so great, I felt really comfortable and never felt like I was in front of a camera.
Each member of the Fan Cave had to watch all 162 games of their favorite team at the site. Chavez did get out in mid-July to attend the All-Star game in Kansas City, again at MLB's expense.
One of the highlights of her stint in New York was a visit from Giants players Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo in April, who stopped by the Fan Cave to film a video with her while the team was in town to play the Mets.
Now that her experience is complete, Chavez said, "I have to return to reality." But based on the experience she garnered, she hopes to land a job in baseball somewhere, either with MLB or the Giants.