Giants win World Series

Rockin’ and bowlin’: Auburn celebrates with Giants
By: Bill Poindexter, Gold Country News Service, and the Associated Press
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of orange and black-clad San Francisco Giants fans hugged and high-fived Monday night as the club won its first World Series championship since moving west more than a half-century ago. As the final out in the 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers was recorded, thousands watching on a big-screen TV at the Civic Center plaza leapt for joy as City Hall glowed bright orange in the background. The scene was similar at Foothill Bowl in Auburn, where league bowlers watched the Giants’ clinching Game 5 victory on TV in between rolls down the lanes. “The whole bowling alley was going crazy,” said Randy Lozano of Cool. “Everybody was yelling and screaming and jumping up and down.” Lozano said he has followed the Giants since he was a kid and believed they had a chance to win because of their pitching staff. “We didn’t have that big superstar, but they put a team together, guys from all over the place,” he said. “They’re a team that just scraps and claws, and they got a lot of heart.” Andrew Rice of Alta said the bowling center erupted when Edgar Renteria hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie. “The whole place went ecstatic,” Rice said, adding he felt the Giants had a chance to go all the way when they beat Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Said Will Peden of Auburn, “It was just unbelievable. I never imagined it in my wildest dreams that they’d actually win. Pretty much every out past the seventh inning, the whole atmosphere, it was pretty awesome.” In San Francisco, fans waving Giants flags and rally towels danced in the downtown streets near the Civic Center as car horns blared. An accordion player played a tune as fans swirled around him. Others surrounded a drum corps as it pounded out a rhythm. The club last won the Series in 1954, when they were the New York Giants. They moved west four years later and suffered World Series losses in 1962 to the Yankees, 1989 to the Oakland A’s and 2002 to the Anaheim Angels. The city quickly scheduled a ticker-tape parade for 11 a.m. Wednesday through downtown.