It took a lot of determination for the Giants to become baseball champions in 2012. But it only took one pitch for the entire city of San Francisco to erupt in celebration.
The moment Giants closer Sergio Romo’s final pitch hit the glove of catcher Buster Posey to seal the 4-3 World Series win in Game 4 in Detroit, fans screamed with joy and ran into the streets to celebrate the victory.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere else,” said Katherine Bent of San Mateo, while standing in the mix of the celebration in front of AT&T Park. “You can just feel the energy.”
Bent and Mark Silva, 58, came to AT&T Park to be a part of the action, they said, but they certainly didn’t come alone. With them was a stuffed tiger hanging from a string, and they brought a broom to allow others to symbolically sweep their tiger.
The broom was a common theme for Giants fans throughout San Francisco as the team finished off a sweep of the Tigers in a best-of-seven series to take the title for the second time in three years.
Junior Pelaez, 21, brought his broom to Civic Center Plaza, where the game was broadcast on a jumbo screen for thousands of fans to watch. He said the broom was a necessity while watching the game Sunday.
“I had faith we’d win,” Pelaez said. “It’s better to sweep in Detroit, since we came into this the underdogs.”
During the all-night celebration, streets were blocked by crowds and Muni service was disrupted around the ballpark. Though crowds, noise and fireworks were heard throughout San Francisco, major violence had not been reported to police as of press time.
Fires were reported in the Mission district, and fans were seen breaking glass bottles in the road at Fourth and King streets.
For Larry Kitagaua, of Daly City, it was going to be an all-nighter. Kitagaua, 59, knew the Giants would win Sunday night because he had worn his panda suit — an ode to third baseman Pablo Sandoval — during the previous three games, and they had won each of them.
“I’m going to be useless tomorrow,” he said.
Though the boys in orange and black pulled it out Sunday, there were several moments in the game when fans were not so sure.
During the seventh and eighth innings, Erica Chien, 24, could not stand still. She was outside of Public House in the AT&T Park plaza watching the game, but hopeful the Giants would win even though the score was tied at the time.
“I’m growing gray hairs,” she said of the close game. “I really, really, really hope they win, but this is just too tense for me to watch.”
Chien didn’t need to worry too long. The Giants won in the 10th inning.