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The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property damage police” had to be called out to restore order. There are reports of flaming mattresses and cars being vandalized– what is this, a Buckeyes game? — and a couple of websites are reporting that there was gunfire, but I haven’t been able to find anything confirming that.

Anyway, according to Gawker, the unrest was so very San Francisco. In fact, people were checking in to the “#sfriot” via their smart phones on FourSquare. We live in a magical age.

  1. soccermom17540 - Nov 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    See, it’s not just Philly . . .

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:37 AM

      All you need to do to see that is look at Boston after the BooSux and Patriots, Chicago after the Bulls (not sure about the Blackhawks), LA after the Lakers, NYC after the Wankers….

      • sdelmonte - Nov 2, 2010 at 12:08 PM

        New York doesn’t have victory riots. None. We have behaved after ever Yankees win, after Giants Super Bowl victories, after even the Rangers Stanley Cup (which was seen as many as the sign of the apocalypse). I have no idea why this is so.

  2. apbaguy - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    22nd and Mission, nowhere near the tourist areas…

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM

      And that makes it okay?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    if this were Philly, it would have been front page everywhere in the country. The fact is that there was no rioting after the Phillies won the 2008 world series. A couple overturned potted plants and some broken windows and that was it. No person on person violence. Just a bunch of people having a good time. Yet we barely see this rioting anywhere. Disgraceful. Screw you national media. Screw you.

  4. midranger - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Well said Chris. the technology makes it so easy to make something out of nothing!

  5. IdahoMariner - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    if it makes you feel any better, Chris, the main page of has a big picture about the victory at the top of the page, with a link just under the pic, in about 14 point type, that says “violence erupts” — and it links to this here article.

  6. IdahoMariner - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    and according to the SF Chronicle, it doesn’t sound like it got too out of hand. Not so much a riot as a bunch of people getting looped:

    In bars across the city, every inch of floor was covered by stomping feet that later spilled out onto the streets. There was screaming, champagne popping and beer chugging.

    Near AT&T Park, police estimated 4,000 people filled the neighborhood as fans, some shirtless, climbed utility poles, sent bottle rockets soaring and set small fires. Alcohol and broken glass flowed down the streets as fans drenched each other and police officers poured the open containers into the gutter.

    It was bedlam at Pedro’s Cantina across from the ballpark as the bottom of the ninth began with people locking arms, jumping up and down and chanting, “Right f- now.”

    With the final strikeout, fans sprayed beer on one another. The floor was soaked and slippery as patrons pounded on tables and chanted, “Let’s go Giants.”

    The crowd of people poured out onto King Street, where they sprayed champagne, waved team flags, blew bullhorns and fired up celebratory joints. The street was quickly closed to traffic.

    “That was beautiful,” said Louis Ngo, 26, of San Francisco. “We had a chance to make history, and it’s so sweet that it happened. I just want to f- cry!”

    The crowd at Third and King streets resembled a mosh pit at a metal concert. Women filming with cell phone cameras rode on shoulders and beach balls pinged around.

    “This is the best day of my life,” shouted Alex Maricic, 19, of Burlingame as the alcohol-fueled fans around him chanted “torture, torture, torture!”

    Unruly crowd on Market
    On Market Street, the celebration quickly turned wild and unruly, with an estimated 7,000 revelers in the streets, some jumping on cars, rocking Muni buses, tossing beer bottles, lighting fireworks and blocking traffic at Seventh Street. By 10 p.m., the crowd had shifted to Fifth and Market streets and had thinned out considerably.

    At least five people had been arrested, but the scene was otherwise peaceful, police said.

    In the city’s Castro neighborhood, rowdy residents tossed toilet paper over the Muni lines, briefly halting service while police officers did a quick cleanup.

    About 1,000 people swarmed 18th and Castro streets, tossing more toilet paper and blocking the intersection.

    Read more:

  7. IdahoMariner - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    okay, I totally take that back:

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM

      Driving a car into a crowd of people and dragging them through fire? Nice.

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