Paso goes orange and black for a day



San Francisco Giants fans will get another chance to gloat when the 2012 Major League Baseball World Series trophy lands in Paso Robles next month.

The championship trophy will be on display Feb. 15 in the city park gazebo in downtown Paso Robles. This comes after a Jan. 15 City Council vote to bring it to town.

The city was offered an opportunity to apply for a day with the prize during an upcoming tour because the Paso Robles Police Activities League has been a longtime participant in the Junior Giants Baseball program, which offers youth ages 5 to 13 a chance to play in a non-competitive baseball league that provides equipment and is free to join. Designed primarily for at-risk youth, the league also offers kids an opportunity to interact with members of the police department.

The Paso Robles City Council made the date official with a unanimous vote from the four council members present. Councilman Fred Strong—though not a Giants fan—was still supportive.

“Regardless of who I currently root for, I appreciate achievement, and this achievement deserves rewards,” he conceded.

Local business owner and lifelong supporter Matt Masia is among the tried and true Giants fans looking forward to sporting their orange and black during the tour stop.

“For over 50 years we suffered,” Masia said, displaying his World Series Champion T-shirt. “A few years ago we got very lucky, and miraculously we got to do it again.”

-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay

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