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Fans in San Francisco rioted after the game

Oct 29, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

A police officer confronts a fan after San Francisco Giants won the MLB World Series baseball championship, in San Francisco

There was a massive open-air party at City Hall in San Francisco last night to watch Game 4.  And after Game 4 ended, it turned slightly ugly:

… small groups of onlookers went on the rampage early Monday morning, lighting a bus on fire, throwing bottles and injuring several people … Police scanners described a group of as many as 100 rioters setting fires, smashing windows, throwing bottles at police and damaging cars. By 2:30 a.m. police were reporting that the rioters had scattered, and city crews were cleaning up the burned material and broken glass from the streets so that they could be reopened in time for the morning rush hour.

Not gonna put too fine a point on it, but there were many folks I encounter on the Internet — many who count themselves Giants fans — who made jokes about how Detroit would riot if the Tigers won the series, and oh how uncivilized and awful those people are in that terrible city.


  1. APBA Guy - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The burst of civil disobedience was predicted by my friends on FB based on what they were seeing at Civic Center last night well before the game ended. So the only surprise is that the police weren’t quicker to close down the unruliness. But Civic Center isn’t too far from the Tenderloin and the blight around 6th and Market, so maybe the police let the “riot” go in those directions, and contained it elsewhere. Still, 100 people isn’t a big deal. Not good, but unworthy of some of the handwringing and “let California fall into the ocean” idiocy.

  2. thurmanmantle - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    just people wantin to see if they could get away with something & i guess they got away with it. letting them…… the crime..

  3. blabidibla - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Every city seems to have their fair share of asshats looking to turn a celebration into a mosh pit of idiocy.

  4. vallewho - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    roid rage

  5. nysportsexchange - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Shame to see when that happens. That is one thing NY has to be proud of. Their ticker-tape parades normally go off with disturbance.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      The parade happens days later, in SF’s case that will be Wednesday.

      Please, also, don’t try to imply NY never has riot problems or I hurt something laughing. Does anyone really need to provide you with a litany of your city’s riot history? There is no major metro area that is immune to these problems.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        They’re not called “NY assholes” for nothing!

  6. 13arod - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    people are stupid

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Especially the right wing nuts.

      • skids003 - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        You lefties sure preach “tolerance,” never to show it for others who don’t agree with your warped thoughts. Hypocrits beyond belief.

  7. inthearex - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    And all you thick-headed, ignorant and idiotic New York haters claim we are a bad fan base.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Bad fan base? No,but I can introduce you to an obnoxious, paranoid member of the Yankee fan base–that person can be found in your mirror.

      This article had zip to do with NY, and very little to do with any real SF fans– riots are perpetrated by lawless idiots who use occasions like a celebration to act like they jerks they are.

  8. savior72 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Proud to say no such rioting occurred last year when the cardinals won it. Now if the blues ever win the Stanley Cup, all bets are off!

  9. fasteddy415 - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Perfect opportunity for Occupy to let loose under the guise of the Giants championship.

  10. baymac408 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:29 AM


  11. gopackgo520 - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Class…. Class…. Class…

  12. dynastymi - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Yea an philadelphia is bad what a joke if this happened in philly we would be hearing about this for years

  13. txnative61 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Very shocked to learn an undercurrent of civil disobedience exists in the Bay area!

  14. jason9696 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    At least they won something unlike the losers in Vancouver, B.C.

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