Thousands of northern California baseball fans are celebrating the San Francisco Giants first World Series title in more than half a century.
The Giants beat the Texas Rangers, 3 - 1, Tuesday night in Game 5 to win the series four games to one. It is the first World Series title for Giants since the team moved to the city by the bay more than 50 years ago.
"This buried a lot of bones - '62, '89, 2002," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said, ticking off losing Series appearances. "This group deserved it, faithful from the beginning. We're proud and humbled by the achievement."
Texas managed just 29 hits in the five games. The Giants scored 29 runs, with Renteria hitting.412, leading all Series players with six RBIs and becoming the unanimous pick as MVP.
"They beat us soundly," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They deserve it."
During the trophy ceremony after the game, the Giants' chief executive officer Bill Neukom praised both teams.
"I just want to say congratulations to the Texas Rangers who have a proud franchise. With all their distractions this year, they played outstanding baseball, a hard-fought series. We managed to get the better of it. We're humbled about that. We're proud of what we've done.
And the celebration will continue Wednesday, when Giants fans will hold a victory parade in downtown San Francisco.