By Meda Okelo
East Palo Alto Today
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011
Over 800 fans and supporters came to the newly remodeled City of East Palo Alto Youth Activities and Resource Center located at the East Palo Alto Family YMCA to take a photo of or take a photo with the World Series Championship Trophy.
The fans, spanning all ages lined up for hours, with the first in line being there as early as 8:30 a.m. for the 12:30 - 2.30 p.m. viewing and photo-taking. The elderly got an opportunity to view the trophy earlier in the day and over 100 school children from several local schools came to view the long awaited championship trophy later.
Mayor Carlos Romero welcomed the fans, noting that East Palo Alto has had a long-standing relationship with the San Francisco Giants. The partnership, he noted, saw the Giants, through its Community Foundation, invest $100,000 in the refurbishment of the baseball field at Jack Farrell Park. In addition, the Giants have actively supported youth baseball through the support of such programs as the T-Ball pitching Machine, Ravenswood Little League, East Palo Alto Babe Ruth and the Junior Giants.
The visit, coordinated by the city’s Community Services Department-Recreation Division with the assistance of a local welcome committee, also included an agency fair, at which, local agencies displayed and shared information with the public on some of their programs.
Agencies attending the fair included T-Ball Pitching Machine, Ravenswood Little League, East Palo Alto Youth Court, the East Palo Alto Police and Community Services Departments, Girls to Women, the Kiwanis Club of East Palo Alto, the East Palo Alto Rotary Club and the East Palo Alto YMCA.
The San Francisco Giants is one of two major league baseball teams in Northern California. The last time the Giants won the World Series was in 1954 and as one elderly resident noted the day before the Giant’s Trophy Tour, “It will be another lifetime before an opportunity to stand next to a championship trophy arises.”