Fans celebrate Giants' World Series victory

4-1 win over Texas Rangers gives Giants 1st title since team was the New York Giants

Thousands of San Francisco residents celebrated the city's first-ever World Series title this evening as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the series.

The team's 3-1 victory in Arlington, Texas, pushed the Giants to 4-1 in the series, clinching the World Series for the first time since 1954, when the team was based in New York.

Fans across the city honked, cheered, held signs, and waved flags as fireworks were set off overhead. King Street was unofficially closed as fans poured out of nearby bars into the street.

"It's about time the Giants won," Saratoga resident Denise Migliardi said. "It's so great to be in San Francisco for the World Series."

Pedestrians flooding the streets near AT&T Park also prevented San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicles from passing.

Transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said shuttles were requested, but the crowd was so large the vehicles couldn't get through.

Service in that part of the city was suspended indefinitely tonight, he said, while officials waited for the crowd to disperse.

The K and T lines were doubling back at the Embarcadero station, and the T line on Third Street was doubling back at Third and Channel streets.

Fans who gathered in front of City Hall to watch the game on a Jumbotron jumped and screamed after closing pitcher Brian Wilson ended the game.

"I've never lived in a city close to a World Series win," said Andrea Noel, a recent transplant to San Francisco from Minnesota, before the Giants' victory.

Noel wore an orange sweater and black pants, and black feathers covered her head.

Others at the Civic Center Plaza donned baseball caps and sweaters displaying Giants logos as they sat across the street from City Hall with their eyes glued to the Jumbotron.

Fans there also rushed the streets after the game and created pockets throughout the city where vehicles couldn't get by, a police spokesman said.

The Mission District, Castro District and Tenderloin neighborhood were all impacted along Market Street, Officer Albie Esparza said.

Haight Street was also completely blocked to traffic as people threw toilet paper onto the Muni wires.

Esparza said no reports of injuries had been filed as of about 8 p.m.

A number of San Francisco buildings have been lit up orange in celebration of the team's post-season success, including City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House and Coit Tower.

Janna Brancolini/SaulSugarman, Bay City News

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