MONTCLAIR – On Sunday, Jan 25, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center located at Montclair State University hosted New Jerseys’ only showing of the 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy. Many parents and families brought along their children to capture this special moment and to tour the museum. 7 year-old Charlie Irby snuggled up with her mother, Laura Irby, as they waited outside in the frigid cold. “This is the classiest organization in baseball,” said Irby while standing second in line with her child.
It was 30 degrees out as baseball fans stood in line to have their picture taken with the iconic trophy, including local sports fan Mark Russell. “My parents were Giants fans,” he said. “It leads down to our 2nd and 3rd generation fans.”
“I’ve been a fan since 1967,” said John Papera [pictured above], with a smile. “I’ve been to Giants AT&T park more than I’ve been to Yankee Stadium.” Over the last four days, thousands of fans have had their photo taken with the trophy, including Jeffery Henig a dedicated fan, was the first person in line at 8:30 a.m.
“We are fortunate to come back,” said Senior Vice President, Communications & Senior Advisor to the CEO from the San Francisco Giants, Staci Slaughter. “It’s a special place, a special man who has many contributions to baseball, we are delighted to be back.”
“We are appreciative and grateful for all the museum has done to support the Giants,” said Slaughter.
The trophy sat in the middle of the auditorium, with lights hitting the trophy in just the right places. Guests took a seat after they had their picture taken, talking and soaking in the moment. As parents shared this moment with their children, the auditorium quickly filled up.
“The trophy which symbolizes where the Giants have been,” said Director of Programs, David Kaplan. “They’re such a classy and great organization with accomplishments that are really memorable. We have a lot of fans in our area, it goes back to our roots.”
Employees greeted everyone who were simply walking around and looking to purchase some items.
The museum was filled with guests ready to explore by 12:00 p.m. After taking pictures, guest soon began to explore the learning center. Gazing and learning about artifacts as they strolled around. Children definitely used the learning center to their advantage has they were about to touch many pieces of history throughout the museum.
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