SAN FRANCISCO — The cheers could be heard for miles when Buster Posey hit a sixth-inning homerun Sunday and the 2,000 or so San Francisco Giants fans who have descended on the lawn in front of City Hall here to watch game four of the World Series are hanging on every pitch.
More are arriving every inning in anticipation of a possible series-clinching win by the San Francisco Giants, who need one more win to be crowned champions.
“No way was I going to miss this,” said Eric Reynolds, 42, of Walnut Creek. Reynolds was sitting in folding chairs with Shari Mofin, both bundled up against the chill of an October San Francisco night and watching the game on a giant Jumbotron television erected in front of City Hall. “This is a great party.”
Throughout San Francisco, the city braced to celebrate a second World Series championship in three years. The city’s iconic Coit Tower was bathed in orange and black lights as a full moon rose over the Telegraph Hill tourist destination. Other landmarks are similarly illuminated and City Hall is flying team flags over the front entrance.
Bars of all stripes, from the Castro to Chinatown were packed with fans and revelers rooting on the beloved Giants. City workers have even erected viewing stands across from City Hall in anticipation of a celebratory parade through the city.
But first, the Giants have to take care of business. Even though no team has recovered from a 3-games to none hole the Detroit Tigers were in Sunday, fans were anxious celebrate.
“The Giants need to take care of business now,” said Angga Putra of San Francisco. Putra and his friends were enjoying a picnic and surreptitiously drinking wine while a San Francisco Police officer was pouring out another party’s wine bottle.
“This a non-alcoholic event,” one officer explained to a fan, who had to give up his can of Natural Light beer.
Despite the heavy police presence, the odor of marijuana was prevalent and the drinking went on throughout Civic Center park, which hosted a similar event in 2010 when the Giants clinched the World Series.
“This is San Francisco, “said Laura Chu. “We know how to party.”