SAN FRANCISCO -- Since the Westfield San Francisco Centre has more than 170 stores, first-time visitors to the downtown shopping mall might struggle to find the store of their choice.
To find the Victoria's Secret location on Thursday, however, all one needed to do was look for the people wearing Giants paraphernalia.
Hundreds of Giants fans converged on the store to see right-hander Brian Wilson appear with supermodel Chanel Iman to promote a new line of "Pink" Giants gear. The VS Pink Major League Baseball Collection, launched in March 2010, is an exclusive assortment of co-branded merchandise with select teams.
Standing amid the assortments of women's clothing and undergarments (which didn't include Aubrey Huff's thong), Wilson cheerfully posed for pictures with the first 100 fans who waited in line to see him. The crowd began gathering at 4 a.m. PT, reflecting Wilson's immense popularity. Iman flanked each visitor with Wilson, but despite her status as a Victoria's Secret model, there was no doubt that San Francisco's relief ace was the primary draw.
"I specifically came to see him," said Robert Agpoon of Daly City, echoing the sentiments of virtually everyone who swarmed the store.
For many, meeting Wilson represented their first encounter with a celebrity.
"It was nerve-wracking," said Phillisa Fong of San Francisco.
But the genial Wilson put his visitors at ease.
"I like how he and the rest of the team show their personalities," Agpoon said. "Before, they never used to do that."