San Francisco—a town that knows how to win a World Series and how to throw a party. Both talents were on display last night, as the Giants cruised to a 3-2 win over Kansas City in the seventh game. After the final play—a pop-up caught in foul territory, the Giants exploded in a champagne-soaked party on the field.
Back home, we held up our end of the deal too.
Fireworks went off in North Beach, where a raucous crowd shut down streets around Grant and Green for at least an hour after the game (or at least until SFPD cut off liquor sales at the corner markets). Hoodline reported from wild parties in the Lower Haight and Castro—both of which involved a great deal of toilet paper being thrown. (Bernal seems to have been pretty quiet.)
Things did get out of hand in the Mission, where revelers (rioters?) smashed windows, set fires, and painted graffiti, as police tried to regain control. City-wide, there were reports of two shootings and one stabbing, none of which were fatal. According to Mission Local, a raucous but peaceful celebration began to turn violent after nine pm, when a couch was lit on fire at the corner of 19th and Mission, the first of many fires set last night. As police attempted to break up the crowd, rioters threw glass bottles and blocked Muni trains, leading to a temporary shutdown of public transportation.
The area around the stadium also saw raucous crowds, not least of which included Barry Bonds.