They hooted and hollered, they cheered every out, but most importantly for the fans across Lodi on Monday night, they celebrated a long-awaited championship. After 56 years of futility; after a seventh-inning collapse just eight outs away from a championship in 2002; after the years of Barry Bonds’ homers amounting to nothing more than footnotes in baseball history; these San Francisco Giants fans finally got to celebrate a World Series victory.
There were about 20 Giants fans at the popular Lodi Beer Co. for the game, but they roared loud enough to fill the joint with their joyful screams. As they inched closer to that world title that had eluded them for years, the excitement in the room was palpable. The whoops and whistles came with every strike, and became thunderous with every out.