Even steady rain and gusty wind didn't dampen the spirits of Giants fans Saturday night as they celebrated their team's clinching of the National League pennant in Philadelphia.
Despite the dreary weather in San Francisco, Giants fans streamed out of bars and restaurants and filled the streets outside of AT&T Park, the home ballbark of the Giants.
Inside MoMo's, a bar and restaurant across from the ballpark, cheering, yelling and whistling erupted throughout the game, including a thunderous roar after Juan Uribe's home run in the eight inning put the Giants ahead to stay.
Strangers in the standing room only crowd exchanged high-fives after the final out, as the Giants advanced to the World Series for the first time since 2002.
"We're going back to the Series," said Gabriel Gaca, 38, of San Francisco. "I've been waiting for this for eight years," he said as he shook open a bottle of champagne and showered the crowd.
Gaca said he had been a Giants fan since he was 10.
In order to win Saturday, the Giants had to overcome a 2-0 first-inning deficit, tied it in the third and went ahead when Uribe hit an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the right-field wall.
"Heart attack. Torture all the way," Janet Labberton, 53, a fan since 1967.
The victory gives the Giants their fourth pennant since moving West in 1958. San Francisco will go on to play the Texas Rangers, the first time the Rangers have made it to the World Series in their franchise history.
Texas beat the New York Yankees 6-1 Friday night.
The Giants and Rangers are set to square off Wednesday in San Francisco.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times