The San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark, in Arlington, Texas. They beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5. It was the first time the Giants have taken home the title to San Francisco. Edgar Renteria won Most Valuable Player for the Series after hitting .412 (7-for-17) with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored.
The Texas Rangers accepted their loss gracefully. "They beat us soundly," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "They deserve it."
A City Celebrates
For San Franciscans, it was a long-awaited win. The last time the Giants wore the crown was in New York in 1954, four years before they moved to San Francisco. "This buried a lot of bones—'62, '89, 2002," said Giants general manager Brian Sabean, talking about years his team had lost the World Series. "This group deserved it, faithful from the beginning. We're proud and humbled by the achievement."
Thousands of Giants fans dressed in orange and black shrieked with joy as their team clinched the win. "I have a permanent smile on my face," said Valerie Nicklas, who celebrated near the Giants' AT&T Park. "This makes all the years of suffering worth it."
A ticker-tape parade is scheduled for Wednesday morning. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom congratulated the team and thanked them for bringing the city together. "San Francisco eagerly awaits your return," he said.