Before the mood turned somber for San Francisco Giants fans as the team had a disheartening loss in what could have been a World Series-clinching Game 6 tonight, hundreds of people gathered cheerfully earlier today at Civic Center Plaza where the game was being shown on a Jumbotron screen.
Among the youngest in the crowd was a 16-month-old girl perched on her father’s shoulders to see the big screen showing the Giants’ game against the Kansas City Royals.
The toddler’s father, Miguel Rodriguez, said he was born and raised in San Francisco and is a true Giants fan.
Rodriguez said he expected a close game tonight. However, the Giants lost 10-0 thanks to a seven-run second inning by the Royals, setting up a winner-takes-all Game 7 on Wednesday in Kansas City.
A couple feet from Rodriguez and his family, was San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, on duty and confiscating alcohol shortly before the game began.
As the police chief dumped the confiscated bottle of Hennessey cognac onto the grass at Civic Center Plaza, he looked up and said, “You can imagine if someone drank this whole thing.”
Police had plans in place for if the Giants won and celebrations got rowdy, as they did in 2012 when San Francisco won the World Series.
Now Giants fans will have to wait until Wednesday to see if their team can win its third title in five years.
Game 7 is scheduled for 5:07 p.m. and San Francisco city officials have not yet said if that game will also be shown in Civic Center Plaza.
Hannah Albarazi and Dan McMenamin, Bay City News