Somehow, Two People Were Shot, One Stabbed In San Francisco World Series 'Celebration'
In what continues to be one of the strangest traditions of all time, fans of a sports team celebrated their side's victory by injuring one another, breaking fragile items, setting things on fire, yelling obscenities and fighting with police.
Last night, it was once again San Francisco's turn to revel, and the SF Gate reported that the jubilation went from peaceful to violent very quickly. Here are just some of the perplexing lowlights from the article:
Two men were treated at San Francisco General Hospital for gunshot wounds that weren’t life-threatening, according to police. One of the victims was shot in the arm in the Mission District at about 8:45 p.m.
"Dude, I'm so glad the Giants won, I could just discharge a firearm into another person." Either that, or, as per usual, a drunk dude got mad at another drunk dude and resorted to pulling out a gun, as drunk people sometimes do.
Also, police said, a man was stabbed several times at 24th and Valencia streets. He was taken to S.F. General with serious injuries.
"Dude, I'm so glad the Giants won, I could just stab a man several times, leaving him with serious injures." Or, the alcohol thing again.
Police made several arrests throughout the night. Some officers hit by tossed bottles and fireworks suffered minor injuries, and one was hurt badly enough to be taken to the hospital, said Police Officer Gordon Shyy, a department spokesman.
"I don't know how to reconcile my feelings of joy regarding tonight's events with the fact that I disapprove of the heavy-handed tactics of law enforcement. Guys I'll just combine the two things!" Plus, alcohol.
The most raucous area was Third and King streets, where thousands of fans sprayed sparkling wine and beer on one another, smashed bottles, lit fires and set off fireworks, prompting police in riot gear to move in and set up a perimeter. The crowd, which included several small children riding on their parents’ shoulders, huddled close as several people swung burning shirts over their heads, waved Giants flags above the fire and chanted obscenities.
This just sounds insane.
Fistfights broke out, and at one point someone threw a large mortar-style firework into a bonfire and it exploded, forcing people to jump back and take cover.
"The Giants won; I like explosions."
On Mission Street between 18th and 19th, a large crowd gathered and dragged an already half-burned couch into the street to chants of “Burn it! Burn it!” One woman pleaded with the crowd not to set it aflame.
“This isn’t how we celebrate, y’all,” she said to the crowd. “We’re better than this!”
“Calm down, lady,” was the response from one young man intent in seeing the burn. “It’s just a couch.”
Within minutes it was in flames. Revelers danced wildly around it.
At this point, hedonism replaced using Apple products as the main past time of San Francisco residents.
The crowd eventually resettled on Valencia Street, where cars spun donuts and a huge bonfire broke out. A mob of people blocked the roadway at 16th and Guerrero streets...
Some in the mob brought a large sign that read "SFPD" with a giant X through it, and that too was soon on fire. As police formed another line to clear 19th and Valencia, a fresh hail of bottles rained down on them before the rioters eventually were scattered to the side streets.
You get the picture. It sounds like complete anarchy, all because a bunch of very rich people wore clothes that a bunch of very drunk people have been conditioned to love, and those very rich people proved better at a particular activity than another group of rich people who temporarily reside in another city and wear another set of clothes.
This was worth shooting, stabbing, throwing bottles, setting fires, endangering children, rioting, screaming, cursing and blowing stuff up for? And here I thought only college kids did this kind of shit. Get a grip, people.
Photo via @DavidNelsonNews
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