Giants, Fans Celebrate World Series Berth

Giants spend night in Philly. Fly home Sunday.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Oct 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23: Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and winning the pennant in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Giants fans went wild after last night's series-clinching win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

As soon as the team clinched a spot in the World Series, fans began to spill into the streets to celebrate.

San Francisco police were ready and had a large presence as well.  Police said the fans were rowdy and excited, but no one crossed the legal line forcing an arrest.

"A lot of excited people are out, so police have to be a little  more vigilant to make sure people aren't partying too much," San Francisco  police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield told Bay City News.

One of the most popular spots to yell, cheer and chant was AT&T Park itself.  Fans poured into the Giants Dugout store there to get their hands on the team's official World Series t-shirt.  Hundreds of people spilled onto the streets outside the park as well.  Some stopped traffic; but the drivers didn't seem to mind because many of them had driven to the park to take part in the insta-party as well.

"Tonight, San Francisco is overflowing with Giants pride as this  amazing team continues the quest to bring the first-ever World Championship  home to San Francisco," Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement late Saturday.

The partying happened during a steady rain in the City, but that did not dampen the spirits of Giants fan who have waited eight years since seeing their team make it to the World Series.

The game was won by a tiebreaking home run off the bat of Juan Uribe.  The final pitch was a strike thrown by closer Brian Wilson. It was yet another moment of torture for the fans because there were runners at first and second at the time.  But as soon as the umpire called a third strike, that torture turned to jubilation.  That Giants had won the pennant.

The team spent the night in Philly and will return Sunday afternoon. 

Game No. 1 against the Texas Rangers is Wednesday night. First pitch is 4:57 p.m.
 

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