Giants fans' World Series celebrations turn to lunacy by the Bay
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and the city erupted in its own brand of celebratory mayhem.
It was a cyber-riot. There were Twitter hashtags (#SFriots, #SFRiot, folks were checking into Foursquare: get your riot badge!), Facebook photos, videos galore, the SFPD police radio channel live on UStream (Twitter hashtag: #sfscanner), and this solid effort from the University of Colorado's Project Epic:
The real world was indeed a little unruly.
On Market Street, the celebration quickly turned wild and unruly, with an estimated 7,000 revelers in the streets, some jumping on cars, rocking Muni buses, tossing beer bottles, lighting fireworks and blocking traffic at Seventh Street. By 10 p.m., the crowd had shifted to Fifth and Market streets and had thinned out considerably.
At least five people had been arrested, but the scene was otherwise peaceful, police said.
In the city's Castro neighborhood, rowdy residents tossed toilet paper over the Muni lines, briefly halting service while police officers did a quick cleanup.
About 1,000 people swarmed 18th and Castro streets, tossing more toilet paper and blocking the intersection.
Here, though, everybody is happy:
Here, the Giants' World Series victory -- the team's first in 56 years and its first in San Francisco -- sinks in a bit, mixes with chardonnary as the fun with flammability attracts members of the law-enforcement community:
Last time the Giants won a World Series, they were in New York and Willie Mays' over-the-shoulder, back-to-the-plate basket catch of a deep fly ball by Vic Wertz was the iconic image of the win. Mays, 79, watched from home Monday night and told the San Francisco Chronicle he had to leave the room after the last out.
"Oh, man, I don't get overly excited about baseball, but looking at these kids and how excited they were, I had some tears in my eyes," he said. "I had to get out of here for a minute because I'm not used to getting emotional like this."
Barry Bonds, the controversial former Giant who is baseball's home run king, issued an equally heartfelt statement:
There is no city that deserves this championship more and I congratulate Bill Neukom, the entire ownership group, Bochy and most of all the guys on the team that fought hard to bring the trophy home to the city of San Francisco. I grew up watching my dad and godfather as Giants, lived out my dream playing in the same uniform in front of the best fans in the world and I just witnessed the Giants winning the World Series. I am ecstatic for the team, the city and all the fans - you truly deserve it.
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Photos: World Series gallery
Box score: Game 5
| November 2, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
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