This past Monday, the San Francisco Giants won their first World Series title since 1954, when they were the New York Giants. With my beloved Yankees out of contention, I was actually really happy for the team and their fans. But on Tuesday morning, I read in multiple articles about riots and other forms of unruly behavior on the streets of San Fran. Such incidents included broken bottles, several set fires and a crowd attacking a car the driver of it.
As I stated above, I am a Yankee fan and a passionate one at that. I remember the way I felt when the Yankees won the Series in ’96. The last time they had even made it to the championship was in 1981, when I was two years old so to experience it was an emotional thing. When Charlie Hayes caught that foul ball with two outs in the bottom of the 9th in Game 6, I yelled, I screamed… and then I made out with my girlfriend. A lot.
I am not perfect. When the football Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008, my friend Tamer and I drove straight to Times Square where some fans had gathered. Feeling emotional, I helped steer the mob from a “Let’s Go Giants” chant to “Boston Sucks!” I was unruly. And then I realized how ridiculous it was that a man of almost 30, would get so worked up, so visibly angry over not just a sporting event, but one that went the way I wanted it to. So, I got myself together and promised myself I would never be such an ass again.
San Francisco is thought of a progressive city, known more for hippie gatherings than sports gatherings. That is why I was surprised to see such unruly and uncool behavior the other night. So, in light of this, I say to the fans of San Francisco and all over, get your own life. Let loose and enjoy these games and let them serve as distractions from life’s real problems. You lit fires and assaulted an innocent citizen on the eve of Election day, the night before you voted for a Governor and on whether or not to legalize marijuana. In hindsight, I think you definitely should have voted to make it legal. There’s a lot of you who could find good in sparking one up, putting on some Grateful Dead and chilling out, maaaaaaaan.