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San Francisco Giants Fans Go Wild in Post-World Series Celebrations

Credit: Alex Washburn, SF Chronicle
Credit: Alex Washburn, SF Chronicle
Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

Win or lose, it seems setting random fires following the conclusion of a major sports championship has become a trend.

Shortly after the San Francisco Giants clinched their second World Series title in three years on Sunday night in Detroit, diehards throughout the Bay Area began starting fires and climbing buses, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Don't confuse this with what Vancouver Canucks fans did in 2011—they lost in the Stanley Cup Final and were therefore upset. With Giants fans on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum after Game 4, the resulting celebration was rowdy, but noticeably less destructive.

Alas, we've learned that victory and defeat are capable of inspiring reckless behavior on varying scales.

San Francisco-based photographer Troy Holden documented the celebrations with his camera via Twitter:

22nd & Mission. #sfgiants…

— Troy Holden (@troyholden) October 29, 2012


This photo was taken one block down, according to Holden:

21nd & Mission is on fire…

— Troy Holden (@troyholden) October 29, 2012


Though some may use this to cast a negative light on Giants fans, it's hardly damning, as the fires pictured above appear rather contained. Additionally, per the Chronicle, fans and police knew that no one had intentions to harm any of their fellow fans.

"We're going to help the partiers party," said police Sgt. Tad Yamaguchi. "As long as they're lawful and having fun, we're all for it."

Police were especially prepared following similar partying following the Giants' 2010 World Series win.

We all can only hope that one day we experience happiness great enough to inspire us to leap fire like this bold fan.

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on a dominant postseason, winning their last seven playoff games and second championship since moving to the Bay Area. 


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