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After Giants win title, Niners getting their shot

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 3:51 am •  Published: January 21, 2013
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When the Giants rallied to beat the Reds, they became the first team in major league history to come back from a 2-0 deficit by taking three straight on the road. The 49ers snapped a five-game postseason road losing streak Sunday at Atlanta.

In late September, San Francisco's baseball players autographed a hat for Smith, the quarterback who had been fined $15,000 last season by the NFL for sporting a Giants hat after games — though the fine was later dropped. Bochy wore a 49ers hat in the dugout before a game to show Smith — who later threw out a ceremonial first pitch during the playoffs — that the Giants appreciated him.

"We're having fun with this. It's our way of supporting him for supporting us," Bochy said at the time. "We're all 49er fans here. This is in honor of Alex. I'm glad he didn't have to pay the fine. That's good news."

Infielder Ryan Theriot also bought 49ers hats for his teammates, while quirky reliever Sergio Romo dressed in full 49ers garb after one of his games. He sported a red Aldon Smith No. 99 jersey, and also attended a 49ers game and met players in the locker room afterward — even seeking a few autographs and getting a hug and handshake from tight end Vernon Davis.

San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt rode with Harbaugh in the Halloween victory parade through the city.

"He might have gotten more claps than I did," Belt said, only half-joking.

Harbaugh quickly nixed that notion a couple of days later.

Giants CEO Larry Baer's favorite sign he saw on parade day read: "San Francisco, Happiest Place on Earth."

Hard to argue this is the place to be right about now — especially for the avid sports fan.

"San Francisco fans need to sit back and enjoy," former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow said Sunday. "They have no reason to ever complain again! Be happy! San Francisco has two great leaders in Boch and Harbaugh."

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