Just as the San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy Tour began its march through Northern California this week comes news that the Trophy will make a visit into the Pacific Northwest this summer.
Previously, Pacific Northwest Giants fans — of which there are many — thought the closest the Trophy would come to them is a late-February stop in Medford, Ore., as part of the two-month Trophy Tour.
But this week, an official in the ticket office of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes said the Class A short-season affiliate of the Giants was making plans to bring the World Series Trophy to the Willamette Valley this summer. The only issues outstanding were securing a date for the Trophy’s visit and then buying first-class airfare, because The Trophy don’t fly coach.
Seven members of the Giants’ 2010 World Series roster played for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — 1B Travis Ishikawa (2002-03), OF Nate Schierholtz (2003), P Jonathan Sanchez (2004), P Sergio Romo (2005), 3B Pablo Sandoval (2005), P Tim Lincecum (2006) and C Buster Posey (2008). Three other Giants who did not make the World Series roster also played for the Volcanoes — IF Ryan Rohlinger (2006), IF Emmanuel Burriss (2006) and P Dan Runzler (2007).
While there’s no word on a date for the Trophy visit, the Volcanoes are scheduled to open their 2011 home slate on June 22, and their home schedule continues until Aug. 28.
If the Volcanoes are clever, if they can’t make the schedule work, and if they can wait that long, a good time for the Trophy visit might be during the Aug. 10-14 series when the Spokane Indians visit.
The Indians are the Northwest League affiliate of the Texas Rangers.