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Giants fans cheer World Series win in downtown SF

By Jason Dearen
Associated Press / November 1, 2010

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SAN FRANCISCO—Thousands of orange and black-clad San Francisco Giants fans hugged and high-fived one other Monday night as the club clinched its first World Series championship since moving west more than a half century ago.

As the final out was recorded, the thousands watching on a big-screen TV at the city's Civic Center plaza leapt in joy as City Hall glowed bright orange in the background.

"I have a permanent smile on my face," said Valerie Nicklas of Berkeley, who celebrated at another large street gathering near the Giants' AT&T Park. "This makes all the years of suffering worth it."

Fans waving Giants flags and rally towels danced in the city's downtown streets as car horns blared. A lone accordion player played a tune as fans swirled around him. Others surrounded a drum corps as it pounded out a rhythm.

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the public viewing after the Giants' 4-0 shutout victory over the Texas Rangers Sunday.

With an autumn sun beaming, hundreds of fans laid out blankets and folding chairs on the lawn a full two hours before Monday's first pitch. Fans roared as the screen showed black-suited, bow-tied starting pitcher Tim Lincecum entering the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.

The Jumbotron was still playing game highlights after the 3-1 win.

The Giants last won the Series in 1954 when they were in New York. They moved west four years later, but suffered World Series losses in 1962, 1989 and 2002.

That last loss to the Los Angeles Angels has been fresh in Jun Lee's mind, but he still chose to drive in from Benicia with his wife and 16-month-old son.

"We came out here in 2002 for the same thing, and with six outs left they blew it," he said. "This is unreal."

Fans also poured out of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood near the Giants' ballpark, blocking traffic as they made their way toward Willie Mays Plaza.

"This is a long time coming," said Jason Scully of San Francisco. "They're a great team. All the castoffs and misfits truly represent this city."

The city quickly scheduled a celebratory ticker-tape parade for 11 a.m. Wednesday morning through downtown San Francisco.

Newsom congratulated the club in a statement, and thanked them for bringing the city together.

"San Francisco eagerly awaits your return," he said.

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Associated Press writer Terry Collins contributed to this report.

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