Giants win celebration videos: Corey Denis
According to reports, SFPD is juggling issues like folks trying to set a Muni bus on fire, fighting, beer and bottle throwing, and vandalism as they attempt to disperse crowds.
As previously reported, the Mission and the area of 3rd and King remain the primary hot points.
11:10 PM (Eve Batey): Reports continue to come in of pockets of crowds up to no good.across the city.
At publication time, the Mission is a focal point for police activity, with mattress, couch, and garbage can fires, broken windows for vehicles and merchants, and bus and vehicles being “overtaken” by crowds.
10:43 PM (Eve Batey): According to reports some, the fires on King Street have been extinguished, but others say they’re still burning. However, it’s reported that there are still about a thousand people gathered at 4th and King.
10:23 PM (Eve Batey): The police have moved their focus to Mission and 5th, where they say “thousands” of people have congregated, According to reports, they are trying to disperse that crowd.
The same is true for the crowds on Irving Street in the Sunset, where police say they’re breaking up crowds there, and should have those streets reopened “soon.”
Things appear to be less peachy by AT&T Park, where there at least two “bonfires” in the area of 3rd and King “in the middle of the crowd.” Police appear to be having problems getting through the crowd to extinguish the fires, and to deal with the rowdier members of the crowd.
10:12 PM (Eve Batey): According to reports, CHP is blocking off the 280 ramp to King Street’s due to the crowd gathered outside AT&T Park.
9:55 PM (Eve Batey): We’re getting reports of multiple mattress fires in the area of 23rd-25th in the Mission, and sources are telling us that SFPD’s moving “as a platoon from 24th ans Mission” in an effort to get folks to disperse.
Muni’s also reportedly a mes, with buses unable to move down Market or Chestnut streets.
8:48 PM (Bay City News): Thousands of San Francisco residents celebrated the city’s first-ever World Series title this evening as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the series.
The team’s 3-1 victory in Arlington, Texas, pushed the Giants to 4-1 in the series, clinching the World Series for the first time since 1954, when the team was based in New York.
Fans across the city honked, cheered, held signs, and waved flags as fireworks were set off overhead. King Street was unofficially closed as fans poured out of nearby bars into the street.
“It’s about time the Giants won,” Saratoga resident Denise Migliardi said. “It’s so great to be in San Francisco for the World Series.”
Pedestrians flooding the streets near AT&T Park also prevented San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicles from passing.
Transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said shuttles were requested, but the crowd was so large the vehicles couldn’t get through.
Service in that part of the city was suspended indefinitely tonight, he said, while officials waited for the crowd to disperse.
The K and T lines were doubling back at the Embarcadero station, and the T line on Third Street was doubling back at Third and Channel streets.
Fans who gathered in front of City Hall to watch the game on a Jumbotron jumped and screamed after closing pitcher Brian Wilson ended the
Fans there also rushed the streets after the game and created pockets throughout the city where vehicles couldn’t get by, a police spokesman said.
The Mission District, Castro District and Tenderloin neighborhood were all impacted along Market Street, Officer Albie Esparza said.
Haight Street was also completely blocked to traffic as people threw toilet paper onto the Muni wires.
Esparza said no reports of injuries had been filed as of about 8 p.m.
7:43 PM (Eve Batey): And their cheering was not in vain — the Giants beat the Rangers 3-1 to win the world series. Here’s how the Civic Center crowd reacted.
The victory parade’s planned for Wednesday morning, but I have a feeling a LOT of people are calling in sick tomorrow. Are you?
Photo from celebration in Noe Valley sent by an Appeal reader.
6:54 PM (Bay City News): Thousands of San Francisco residents filled Civic Center Plaza this evening to watch Game 5 of the World Series on a Jumbotron in front of City Hall.
The Giants lead the Texas Rangers 3 games to 1 and need one more win to win the series.
“I’ve never lived in a city close to a World Series win,” said Andrea Noel, a recent transplant to San Francisco from Minnesota.
Noel wore an orange sweater and black pants, and black feathers covered her head.
“At first I thought the game was being shown at AT&T Park,” said Noel, who heard about the Civic Center showing through word of mouth.
Fans at the plaza donned baseball caps and sweaters displaying San Francisco Giants logos, and they sat across the street from City Hall with their eyes glued to the Jumbotron.
“I don’t have a television at home so I’m going wherever there is one,” San Francisco resident Minna Dubin said.
Many fans watching the game cheered when Giants team members hit the ball or booed when they saw a Texas Ranger on the screen.
Others milled around the outer areas of the plaza eating food or lounging on the grass away from the Jumbotron.
“I came here for the food,” said David Shear, a San Francisco native, as he ate a hot dog from a Let’s Be Frank hot dog stand. Trucks for Sam’s Chowder, Senor Sisig tacos and Chairman Bao buns parked around the square and served food.
“Seeing the game at Civic Center is a good reason to get out of the house,” Shear said.
In celebration of the team’s post-season success, a number of San Francisco buildings have been lit up orange, including City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House and Coit Tower.
“The Giants’ 3-1 lead in the World Series has electrified the city and brought us all together,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
The buildings will continue to glow orange until the end of the World Series, the mayor said.
Saul Sugarman, Bay City News