San Francisco Giants win in historic World Series, Filipinos come together to celebrate

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – For the third time in five years, the San Francisco Giants are crowned Major League Baseball’s 2014 World Series Champions, by defeating the Kansas City Royals in the final game by the score of 3-2.

Twenty-five-year-old Madison Bumgarner was named the Most Valuable Player.

Many Filipino Giants fans were among the thousands of people who gathered outside of City Hall to watch their team win the championship.

“Such a sense of community, a sense of awesomeness,” said Jackie Simbulan. “It’s the third one in five years, I love it. San Francisco, baby!”

“We got Linceum, who’s Filipino too, so there’s Filipino heritage in this Giants lineup,” said Chris Jacinto. “So it’s great just seeing the community come together. There’s a ton of Filipinos out here, and it’s great for everyone to come together for one cause.”

Tim Lincecum, who threw his second no-hitter earlier this season, warmed up in the bullpen in Game 7, but never entered the game.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, congratulated the San Francisco Giants through Twitter, where he also predicted that they would win prior to the start of the game.

But amid all the celebration there were also reports of violence and destruction.

Large crowds filled the streets and lighting bonfires and shooting off firecrackers. San Francisco police said at least two people were shot and one was stabbed in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Both shooting victims are expected to survive.

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