Cars waved big flags and honked horns on Market Street.
People danced in the street, bartenders got on the top of bars in the Gaslamp and poured shots down peoples throats. San Diego celebrated beating the LA Dodgers as if the team won the World Series.
And why not? This sports success-starved town – no San Diego team has ever won a championship – let loose after advancing to the National League championship series. The Padres will face the Philadelphia Phillies but that’s all for another day. For the moment, it was all about beating L.A.
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During the regular season, the Dodgers beat the Padres 14 times in 19 games. Things were different this time around against the team’s nemesis, however. Heck, it even rained. In San Diego. In October. First pitch was delayed by half an hour and then in the seventh inning with the Padres clinging to a 5-3 lead. With fans so used to impeding doom, it poured. One fan called it “Dodgers tears.”
That might have been the case but by the ninth inning, the clouds departed and the only thing raining at that point were the shots, the drinks and the celebration.
Whatever happens next did not matter on this Saturday night. Because Padres fans lived in the moment. And rightfully so for fans with so much built-up passion for their team.