The Giants’ third World Series title in five years did not come easily. Instead, it took a full seven games and a heroic series from Giants’ starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco to shake off the relentless Kansas City Royals. Still, when Pablo Sandoval collapsed to the ground, fists extending into the air after making the final out of the season, the result was the same as in 2010 and 2012: The Giants were back atop the baseball world.
Post-World Series-winning celebrations have become rather routine for San Francisco residents in the last five years, but you could never guess that from their reaction after the Giants defeated the Royals 3-2 in Game Seven of the World Series on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The streets flooded with die hard fans, casual supporters, and pretty much anyone looking for an excuse to have a wild time. Throughout the night, riots broke out, items were set on fire, and police were deployed to calm the hysteria.
On Halloween morning, the Giants’ World Series parade coincided with rain showers, but the spirits of fans and players were not dampened in the least. With the baseball season and the post-victory festivities now wrapped up, Giants followers are now eager to see if the team can come back in 2015 and repeat as champions to cement their status as a modern dynasty.