Giants Win Another World Series, But What About the Children?


For better or worse, San Francisco has become rather skilled at winning.

Case in point: Last night’s World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants, the team’s third World Series victory in five years.

The Bernalwood Action News Team watched the Giants clinch their 2014 championship victory from fashionable Lundy’s Landing on the west slope, where the al fresco baseball viewing experience was an image of everything that’s good and right in the universe right now. This was the scene during the second-to-last out of the game:

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Scene on Lundys

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Here’s a post-game victory portrait of Team Lundys, highlighting the Bernal sexy:


Super- mega- extra- gold stars for the Lundy’s neighbors who made the al fresco World Series happen. That was as good as it gets.

From Lundys, the Bernalwood Action News Team rolled down to Mission Street to watch the festivities there. From afar, we heard lots of whooping and car horns honking. Madness! We arrived on Mission across from our Taoist Safeway, and quickly assessed the situation. There was a robust police presence, with bemused SFPD officers standing on almost every block. Most of the whooping was coming from cheerful pedestrians celebrating on the sidewalk. Like these stylish gents:


Much of the honking car horns was coming from minivans full of parents and their excited children participating in an ad hoc parade.


We encountered this group of Bernal hooligans as they wandered south on Mission:


The big excitement in Greater Bernalwood was on Mission at Precita, where a large crowd gathered in front of the (rather delicious) Baby Blues BBQ restaurant. There was much cheering and waving of banners:


At one point, Bernalwood peered into a car stopped at the intersection. Star Sighting!!!  It was San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.  You remember: That guy from the Batkid video! Chief Suhr was out surveying the situation from the passenger seat of an unmarked car:


Then, with impeccable timing, just moments after Chief Suhr headed north on Mission, a pod of Lowriders showed up.  And when the light at Mission and Precita turned from green to red, the cars began to bounce:

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Cars that go boom

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Much bouncing ensued. And lifting, and tilting, and and flag-waving, and cheering. There were some firecrackers, and lots of laughing and high-fiving, and in general, there was a lot of euphoria but not a lot of mayhem on our stretch of Mission Street.

Sure, things got far more wild as you headed north on Mission. But here in Bernal, this is about as wild as it got:

Because overall, San Francisco is getting very good at winning.

Yet herein lies an insidious peril, particularly for the children of Bernal Heights.

The hazard is that for many of our Junior Citizens, World Series celebrations
have become a familiar event. Victory is the only thing they have ever known. The whole “win the World Series, whoop it up around the neighborhood, then go to sleep to the sound of news helicopters hovering overhead” … this has become a familiar ritual in their young lives.

In other words, our children are growing up with unrealistic expectations. They have no first-hand knowledge of lifelong defeat, late-inning disappointment, or unrequited loyalty to a losing team. The oddness of this condition was summarized by one Bernal parent whom Bernalwood spoke with last night on Mission Street:

“It’s okay if the kids stay up a little late,” the Bernal parent said. “This only happens once every two years.”

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17 thoughts on “Giants Win Another World Series, But What About the Children?

  1. But the ballfields – beautiful ones at St. Mary’s Park and on Day Street – are so frequently empty. Don’t these kids play ball. Just watch and wear the paraphernalia.

  2. I grew up in the Bay Area in the 80s and my favorite football team, the 49ers, won the Superbowl just about every couple of years, so that’s what I got used to. Then I became an adult and they haven’t won since. Oh well, at least they’ve been in contention the last few years.

  3. Wonderful! Excellent reporting. Bernalwood is my primary news source these days. Thank you for telling it like it is! annie Sprinkle

  4. 2-Year-Old Never Thought He Would Live To See Giants Win World Series
    SAN FRANCISCO—Joyously celebrating after his hometown team defeated the Kansas City Royals to clinch the championship, local 2-year-old Daniel Balane admitted to reporters Wednesday night that he never thought he would actually see the San Francisco Giants win a World Series in his lifetime. “I’ve waited my whole life for the Giants to win the World Series, and it’s just so surreal to actually see it finally happen,” said the 2-year-old toddler, adding that as far back as he can remember, the Giants have only been a mediocre National League team that couldn’t even make the playoffs. “Deep down, I always held out some hope that it could eventually happen, but after waiting for so long, you start to think they’ll just never get over the hump. So, when they finally won tonight, all that pent-up emotion just came pouring out. I still don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet. I mean, we did it—we’re world champs!” Balane went on to say that the Giants’ playoff run was the most exciting he’s witnessed since watching the San Francisco 49ers make it to the NFC Championship Game all the way back in 2013.,37320/

  5. Hmm. Well, I heard about broken car windows with stealing in Bernal. And, from my home on Precita Park, it sounded like a war zone. And from my job at the Health Dept, I hear that 2 people were shot (from the victory shots aka “what goes up doesn’t necessarily come down, does it?) & one stabbed. But then I’m a watching-boys-play-games kill-joy (whoop-dee-doo) and a total sports unenthusiast – so it’s all just so, well, strange and foreign. But, we are everywhere you know, there may be one living next door to you or even, gasp, with you.

    I personally give the city big props for a very well-organized response (yes, they are getting good at this). Pulling the Muni buses was an act of brilliance. And an all-hands-on-deck response, was smart. Even Greg Suhr was out – nice. And, this morning, much to my surprise, Mission Street looked cleaner than I think I’ve ever seen it. Impressive. Around Civic Center, not so much. I guess they’re not going to work so hard knowing that it’s going to get trashed all over again tomorrow. Bah-humbug.

  6. Bah Humbug, you’re a downer. So you don’t like sports; fine. Lots of folks do and live and die with their teams, their identification w/ players, joy of winning, etc. Personally, being from Boston, I’m happy for Giants and will wait til next year when my Sox win it again. They’re going to start trading even and odd years with SF.
    Sad that a bullet hit someone, yes, but, bullets not new to city life. I thought the SFPD and City did very well with allowing the boisterous fans to celebrate in the streets, while keeping things, people and proprerty as safe as possible.

  7. I BELIEVE in low self-esteem. When kids grow up with high self-esteem they are conditioned to expect everything to be perfect for them, and they expect that they themselves are perfect and damn the people who don’t see how perfect they are. Narcissism is NOT a pretty thing.

    Meanwhile, when you grow up with low self-esteem you strive to get better or you switch to other endeavors where you can be better. It would have done no good to praise me and my clarinet playing in 4th grade. I was sucky. I knew it. My parents knew it, too, and stopped with the private lessons early enough that I switched my interest to electronics where I excelled.

    So, I encourage people to do two things: (1) Help foster low self-esteem in your kids, and (2) embrace mediocrity. I am mediocre at everything I do — I’m a mediocre show promoter, mediocre board game player, mediocre software developer, mediocre cook, mediocre fiddle player, mediocre entrepreneur, etc. By embracing mediocrity and realizing that I NEVER will be great at anything I do, I am able to be happy at the things I enjoy doing and I don’t stress out about not being the best.


  8. I try to explain to my children what it was like being a hard-core Astros (Lastros) fan from approx 1997 to 2005, the first (and only) time they have appeared in the World Series (which they lost). Even more disappointing, I explain, was the ill-conceived change from the tequila-sunrise uniforms to understated neutrals in 1994. But I might as well be explaining that you used to have to answer the phone without knowing who was calling, or that things you that wanted could not be instantly downloaded. They just don’t understand. They’re spoiled.

  9. I know I’m too late, but where is the elusive “Lundys Landing”? I had hoped to find it by walking up Lundys from Coso, or up Prospect and then cutting over to Lundys, I think via Fair. Thanks!

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