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:
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:
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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