A Giant disappointment for San Francisco fans
His head in his hand and a beer on the bar, Chris Kanner summed up the Giants’ loss with two words: “This sucks.”
After the final out for the Giants, Guillermo Valdez, 28, of South Lake Tahoe, shouted “Turn ’em off,” waving his arms at the televisions of Turn 3 Peanut Bar, an establishment dominated by Giants’ fans Sunday night.
Across the street at Steamers Bar & Grill, the ratio of Giants’ to Angels’ fans split more evenly. A cluster of Angels’ fans sat with beers in hand and beamed with joy.
“I feel great,” said Len Wrona, 59, of Castaic, Calif. “I’ve been an Angels fan since they opened the stadium.”
Teamwork was the key to the World Series victory, he said.
“They played well together. There wasn’t one hero,” Wrona said. “We’re sitting here trying to figure out who will be MVP. I don’t think we can.”
Dwane Corke, 25, of South Lake Tahoe, who was outside Steamers smoking a cigarette after the game, took a settled view of the Giants’ loss.
“It’s too bad we lost,” Corke said. “But it was a great Series. Beautiful.”
Not far from Corke was Heather Ambrose, 21, of South Lake Tahoe.
“We rule,” said Ambrose, a native of San Clemente. “It’s all about SoCal!”
Crowds at South Shore bars were relatively quiet as most of the game the Angels had a solid lead over the Giants.
At Turn 3, things livened up in the top of the ninth when the Giants Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who represented the tying run, stepped to the plate with one out. Fans rose to the occasion with a flurry of clapping.
“Rock it out Shinjo,” yelled a man playing pool.
Shinjo struck out swinging at a ball outside of the strike zone.
“It’s all over,” said Kanner, 31, of South Lake Tahoe. “Shinjo — that was way outside.”
With defeat, the mood at Turn 3 turned from depressed to severely glum except for the one Angels’ fan at the bar.
“You gotta love this,” said Tom McGowan, 39, of South Lake Tahoe. “It’s a total Cinderella story. Nobody expected this.”
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