Column: San Fran, act like you’ve been there before

Anthony Catezone

Burning couches, brutal riots, upside-down buses and littered streets are all reasons why the Kansas City Royals deserved to win the World Series.

San Francisco Giants fans need to act like they have been there before — three times in five years to be exact. A franchise that has not been there since 1985, in the Royals, would have shown more respect.

But instead, we got the Giants fans defacing the game of baseball.

The Giants won game seven of the World Series Wednesday night in Kansas City, Mo., over the Royals 3-2. Havoc then ensued in San Francisco.

There have been reported incidents of gunshot wounds, stabbing, an injured police officer and several injured citizens, all in the midst of a town, which has seemingly been brought to shambles.

Though, according to the police report the injuries “weren’t life-threatening.” Thank God for that. No one’s life was in jeopardy, so we might as well give these idiots a free pass.

Seriously, words cannot do justice to how horrendous the photos taken during the post-game riots.

Those victims were reported at 8:45 p.m., 23 minutes after the Giants clinched the championship.

Broken bottles, fireworks and blood from fights cluttered the streets where finally two hours later at 11 p.m., police officers arrived in riot gear, which prompted Giants fans to hurl glass bottles at the officers.

At 11:30 p.m., the officers secluded those throwing bottles and burning debris. Much of the same chaos ensued, but at least now it was secluded to a smaller area.

By 1:30 a.m., the massive crowds had dwindled down to just handfuls of rioters being monitored closely by authorities.

From then on, it became nothing but smaller, but the fact it even reached such a level of magnitude is inexcusable.

How immature, disrespectful and idiotic can a fan base be?

Stop being savages — from a Chicagoan to all of the natives of San Francisco or any Giants fans who partook in the riots.

Please, take a page out of our book and celebrate a championship with class. Show me these same headlines surrounding the recent championship of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2013 or even the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Your team won a championship with class, do not deface it by ‘celebrating’ in such a classless way.

That is not how a world championship is celebrated. When a sports team wins the championship of its respective sport, it is supposed to be a time of rejoicing.

Revel in the glory of your team winning the championship. I will never understand why a fan base feels the need to riot and essentially give its best attempt bring a city to ashes all in honor of celebrating a championship…

We are human beings for God’s sake, not damn animals or barbarians.

It is absolutely despicable to act in such way even if the country was under war, let alone in celebration of a championship that is ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Grow up.

Anthony Catezone is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].