As World Series championships go, the San Francisco Giants took a fairly nerve-wracking route and, when their sweep of the Detroit Tigers ended with a 4-3, 10-inning victory Sunday night, all that energy had to go somewhere.
It did — straight to the streets of San Francisco, where fireworks were exploded, bonfires were ignited, fans jumped on cars and a bus was worse for the celebration.
Most members of a crowd estimated at more than 10,000 that had gathered to watch Game 4 on screens in the Civic Center Plaza area headed home after about an hour or revelry and rambunctiousness. But several small groups began to cause problems on Market Street, in the Mission neighborhood and near the Giants’ AT&T Park home. As celebrations go, this one was featured fewer flames and fights than the one fans staged when the Giants won the Series in 2010.
“We’re going to help the partiers party,” police Sgt. Tad Yamaguchi told the San Francisco Chronicle. “As long as they’re lawful and having fun, we’re all for it.”
At about 11:30 p.m. PDT, police cleared the crowd from a blaze when revelers threw beer bottles at them. Mostly, though, the fans had their moment. “It’s a street party — how often do we get a chance to party like this?” Sara Schillings, a 24-year-old fan, said as, the Chronicle reported, she threw an empty Champagne bottle with one hand and drank a beer with the other. “Nobody wants to hurt anybody.”
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