We were at karate the night of Game 7, but listened to part of the game on the drive over & then checked the score at 8:30 (by then it was over).
It also turns out it's hard to ignore sportsball championships when they tend to result in your neighborhood turning into a rough approximation of a war zone.
Don and I came home from karate around 10pm & ate leftovers rather than trying to get food in the Mission (which is what we usually do after class). At that point our house was already vibrating with the sounds of perhaps three helicopters more or less directly above it.
As always when the Giants win the World Series (lol), we girded our loins, grabbed our phones & cameras, & walked the two blocks from our noisy but relatively tame block to the bonfires-in-the-streets, swinging-from-lamp-posts, no-holds-barred insanity of Mission Street.
The thing about sports championships in SF (I assume it's similar in a few other cities) is that there's a sweet spot for going out & high-fiving strangers & dancing on top of your car with a team flag while your buddy lays on the horn (if that's your bag). Past World Series victories have not been on karate nights so we've been able to get out early & enjoy some of that. But inevitably, there comes a point in the evening where the crowd gets just a little too drunk, a little too raucous, things start to turn, and suddenly it's riot gear & setting fires & throwing broken bottles & knocking over Muni busses. Sadly, by the time we got to Mission Street around 10:30, it seemed that that time of night was growing nigh.
I have to say this was amongst the least safe I've felt living in San Francisco, and yet I kind of felt mesmerized by the insanity of it all & couldn't stop snapping pictures and possibly maybe getting a closer than I really should have to some situations. (I found out later there were at least two shootings within a four-block radius of my house.)
When we found ourselves gasping for air in the wake of a smoke cloud of police fire retardant & trapped in a mass of drunk people in Giants gear running frantically from the riot police / street sweeper (maybe both), the possibility of getting shivved by a broken bottle (or, more likely, getting knocked over on top of one) seemed a little too real and we made our way back home as quickly as we could.
I am all for sportsball & reasonable celebration, but this pretty
much how I feel about the whole aftermath situation.