Giants’ NLCS win leaves fans singing in the rain 

click to enlarge Orange you glad: Giants fans cheer after Monday night’s blowout victory over the Cardinals at AT&T Park, a do-or-die match that is sending the team to the World Series. Click on the photo to see more. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Orange you glad: Giants fans cheer after Monday night’s blowout victory over the Cardinals at AT&T Park, a do-or-die match that is sending the team to the World Series. Click on the photo to see more.

As the rain poured down, the fans grew louder. As every strike was thrown, the noise intensified. And as the last out was recorded, the crowd of more than 42,000 went into pandemonium.

“It’s crazy,” San Francisco resident Juan Roman said. “It’s the best feeling in the world right now. We’re going all the way.”

After the Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night, fans swarmed the Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park and danced and cheered in the rain — even as it began to pour harder.

The rain could not even quell the chants of “Let’s go Giants, f*** Detroit.” Clearly, the Giants’ faithful fans are ready for the World Series to begin Wednesday.

When the Giants won the World Series in 2010, Giants fans did not get to celebrate a postseason series win at home. They didn’t even get to do it in their National League Division Series triumph over the Cincinnati Reds.
But with complete elation and fervor, fans got their celebration Monday night.

“Words cannot describe it,” said Christian Smith of San Francisco. “It’s great to win the way they did with what the team has been through.”

The celebration was just as strong in the bars neighboring AT&T Park.

After the Giants scored five runs in the third inning, the patrons at Pete’s Tavern felt like it was just a matter of counting the final 18 outs.

The Giants and their ravenous fans were heading back to the Fall Classic.

When second baseman Marco Scutaro caught Matt Holliday’s pop-up to end the game, water and beer went flying in celebration across the restaurant, with the loud and familiar chant of “Let’s go Giants” filling the air.

Trevor Ridinger of San Francisco was in Pedro’s Cantina across the street from AT&T Park and admitted that he was apprehensive about facing the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. However, the way the Giants finished off St. Louis after being down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series put his nerves at ease.

“The fact that they just destroyed them,” he said, “it makes me feel much better about facing Detroit.”

The Giants became the seventh team in baseball history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a league championship series.

And the fans were not ready to go home after Scutaro caught the final out.

San Francisco resident Michael Brown, who attended the game, watched the crowd dancing in Willie Mays Plaza with a satisfied smile on his face.

“It’s amazing,” Brown said. “We’re going all the way. We’re beating Detroit.”

They danced in the streets. They danced on the bronze figure of Willie Mays. They were buying sparkling wine from the nearby Safeway to mark the occasion.

Orange October continues for the Bay Area, with one more celebration in mind: the World Series parade.

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