SAN FRANCISCO -- The joy was a familiar one, as was the celebratory mayhem that blanketed the city. Yet as the San Francisco Giants fans flooded the streets to celebrate their second World Series championship in the past three years, there was little tamed or unoriginal in their jubilant celebrations.
Just as they did two years ago when the Giants clinched the 2010 World Series by winning Game 5 in Texas, fans in San Francisco were left to watch from thousands of miles away as the Giants downed the Tigers, 4-3, in Detroit to give them a Fall Classic sweep.
Nearly two thousand fans gathered at the Civic Center Plaza, where the city had set up a public viewing party, with a Jumbotron screen showing the television broadcast and the orange-lit City Hall building providing a breathtaking backdrop. The dozens of bars surrounding AT&T Park in the South of Market district were filled to capacity, with the streets filled with block-long lines of fans peering into windows to follow the game as they awaited entry.
And for 10 innings, the Giants faithful cheered on their team, exchanging high fives with strangers following Buster Posey's two-run home run in the sixth inning and erupting into hysteria when Ryan Theriot slid in safely in the top of the 10th. And when Sergio Romo's 2-2 fastball landed in Posey's glove to strike out Miguel Cabrera and end the 2012 baseball season, San Francisco celebrated like it was, well, 2010.
As the Giants spilled onto Comerica Field to mob one another to celebrate their championship, San Francisco fans took to the streets in similar fashion, heading to major celebration hubs along Market Street, in the Mission District and, most notably, outside AT&T Park.
Thousands of crazed fans donning orange and black flocked to the intersection of Third and King Street, where the Willie Mays Statue overlooks AT&T Park, with traffic blocked off several blocks in each direction. Fans dangled on top of stoplights, climbed on top of buses and set piles of newspapers on fire, proclaiming a new champion in baseball.
The scene was a near replica of the 2010 scene after the Giants claimed their first World Series title in 52 years, especially for fans like Ray Acosta. Acosta stood at Third and King an hour after the official end of Sunday's Game 4, overlooking the celebrating mob of Giants fans in the very same spot as he did two years ago.
"It's extremely exciting, especially when you account for today's economy and what people have been going through in this city," Acosta said. "This is a great sports city, a great baseball town. I've been a Giants fan for all 45 years I have been alive, and I was here in '89 when we lost. It's incredibly special to be able to celebrate like this twice in such short time. There are a lot of baseball fans out there who haven't experienced this."
Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.