"Fortunately, I can compare that one to the World Series parade," Posey said in the NL clubhouse after arriving from the 12th annual cavalcade of elites in the streets. "The difference, obviously, is you have fans of 29 other teams out there and you're always not sure what type of reception you'll receive from some of them. For the most part, they're great. There are a couple of them from the team down south of us that aren't so friendly, but it's all in good fun."
It remains to be seen whether Posey can earn a fourth World Series parade later this year, but for now, this was his fourth All-Star parade, with the first one in 2012 at Kansas City. The Red Carpet Show has become a midsummer institution, and this one began with All-Star spokespersons Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield, former Padres greats who were showered with love downtown.
Then came the two All-Star managers, Ned Yost from the Royals and Terry Collins from the Mets, in a pair of Chevrolet Camaros, followed by the rollout of both rosters in Silverado and Colorado trucks. Then, finally, came the iconic Commissioner's Trophy from Tiffany, shining under the midday sun. The parade started at noon PT at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and went to Petco Park.
"It's fun to just watch people and say hi, when we're just doing what we do," said starting American League third baseman Manny Machado from the Orioles. "You can't beat the weather."
Indeed, the weather was about as good as any All-Star parade before it. D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt just rode in it for the fourth year in a row, and it does not get old -- although he concedes it can be just a tad uncomfortable for the humble at heart.
"The parade is actually really cool," he said. "Going into it you think it's going to be weird, I guess, because people are just like cheering for you and you just sit there. But to just see how excited people get when you drive by is fun. Now having my son and family there, to get him to do it with me and take pictures, it's really cool for people to experience it.
"Every time I get done I'm like ... you're a little hesitant because it's just weird to be in front of all those people and just sitting there. But they're excited to take pictures and see you, so it's something I've really looked forward to the last couple of years. It's fun for us, but for the fans, I think it's even more enjoyable."
Goldschmidt said he spotted D-backs fans along the route, and some suddenly friendly faces.
"Yeah, you look for the red from us, so there's a few in there," he said. "You know what surprised me, people are rooting for the league that their team is in, so all the Padres and Dodgers and Giants fans, they're usually talking trash to us, and now they're like, 'Come on, hit a home run for us,' or 'You're on my team today.'
The parade featured a 100 percent polypropylene carpet that will be recycled after its use. It was a free parade, and mascots marched up and down the route as well.