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11/02/10 6:11 PM ET
Fans flock to AT&T Park to continue celebration
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The scene early Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park was calmer than it had been the previous night, but less than 24 hours after the Giants won the World Series, Giants fans and San Franciscans still were basking in their new title of world champions. Although the Giants Dugout store didn't open until 10 a.m. PT, hundreds of fans flocked there early Tuesday morning to purchase memorabilia commemorating the World Series victory. By the time some Dugout workers arrived to work around 9:30 a.m., fans were lined up outside the doors all the way across the Lefty O'Doul Bridge. By early afternoon, the line -- which consisted of about an hour wait -- still went to the bridge, as Giants fans were there for the essentials: clubhouse champs T-shirts and World Series caps. "I was in line for about an hour and 10 minutes and in total I've been here over 2 1/2 hours," said lifelong Giants fan Alvaro Martinez. "It was crazy, but it was worth it." One Dugout store worker said the store had approximately 9,000 clubhouse T-shirts on hand and, if needed, could get more within a day. Along with the Dugout store, there also were two trailers set up by independent vendors, one outside the O'Doul entrance and another at Willie Mays Plaza. But the biggest go-to designation was the Dugout store. Tracey Cordanl said she waited in line for an hour, during which she received numerous calls from friends who wanted her to get them merchandise as well. Once she got in the store, she was in and out in 10 minutes after spending $700. "Two hours for $700 for 10 minutes of shopping!" Cordanl said, laughing. For at least a brief moment, Debbie Naples brought up the rear of the line in the middle of the bridge. Despite seeing the wait on the news, she still decided to make the trek from the East Bay to get her Giants gear. "My dad brought me to the games when I was 9, so it's been a long time," Naples said of her thoughts when the Giants won. "It was amazing. It was relief. I wanted it to come home so they could clinch at home, but I was afraid it wouldn't happen." More than likely about an hour later, Naples, and eventually the rest of Giants fans, would walk out of the Dugout store with a bag full of merchandise. Although they might not have had the same reaction as Martinez -- who walked out, spread his arms and said, "I made it!" -- it no doubt would be worth the wait. "You don't know when it's going to happen again," Martinez said. "This is our first championship. All the fans, we've been waiting for this for a long time. It was worth it. I would've waited here all week if I had to, to get my shirts."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.