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Nov 2, 2010, 1:42 AM EDT

San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

It was 10:57 p.m., about three hours following the completion of Game 5, when Leslie Nielsen leaned into the San Francisco dugout and said: “I just want to tell you all, good luck. We’re all counting on you.” I had mocked Bill Simmons and his Red Sox ilk for gross sentimentality in 2004 when Boston finally won a World Series. But now that I know how it feels — kind of like riding a shark with eyes that shoot lasers, and can fly — I take it all back. There are Giants fans dancing atop Muni cars in downtown San Francisco right now, and I don’t blame them a bit. Euphoria subsiding, wild-eyed glee now setting in. Pandemonium scheduled for early Tuesday. There is no more beautiful sight for a long-suffering baseball fan than a line of police officers with riot masks.

Let’s see how the predictions went. Ohhh, thanks for playing, ESPN. Buster Posey > Buster Olney. If you guys want to attend the Giants victory parade on Wednesday morning, here’s the route.

They’re saying that this title is for all the Giants greats that went before; for Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Sanford, Will Clark and Rod Beck. But it isn’t, really. This is for all the little guys; for Don Carrithers and Johnny LeMaster; Ray Sadecki, Dick Dietz and Mike Ivie. This is for the ugly ducklings. They can finally raise a championship banner above The Island of Misfit Toys. In truth this was a fool’s errand from the start; just how the Giants managed to land this plane is shrouded in mystery. But here they are, the plastic auto-pilot form of Bruce Bochy lying deflated on the floor of the cockpit, the passengers cheering a rough-but-non-fatal landing. (And sadly, Barry Zito sitting in a cab in the loading zone, with the meter running).

Now KTVU-TV is reporting that two bonfires have been set near Third & King. Bask in the civil disobedience, Giants fans. We’ve been out in the cold for so long.

  1. lewp - Nov 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Congrats to the Giants on a well deserved World Series victory.

    It was a good series and even though my Rangers lost, at least we made it to the Big Show. I hope we are back soon, but in the mean time, great job Giants ,and congrats.

    • rwhoff - Nov 4, 2010 at 12:48 AM

      Congrats to the Rangers for having such classy fans. I just hope my fellow Giants fans show as much dignity and grace in victory as the Rangers fans have in defeat!

  2. montanared - Nov 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Well deserved! Go Giants!