10/14/2002 8:29 pm ET
Giants fans looking to World Series
By Paul C. Smith / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The line at the ATM was long. The line for beer at the Chophouse was longer. And the line for Giants World Series T-shirts was the longest.
And this was 90 minutes before the start of Game 5.
In short, the fans at Pacific Bell Park on Monday night were ready to celebrate.
"It's a party and Cardinals fans aren't invited," said Jamie Yaw of Palo Alto. "The Giants are going to the World Series and we can't wait."
The Giants were up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and no one seemed to be worried about the fact that San Francisco still had to win one more game to avoid sending the series back to St. Louis for Game 6 and maybe Game 7.
"We have faith in our boys," Yaw said. "They've been doing it all season long, especially at the end of the season. It doesn't matter who they are playing. The Cardinals could send out Scott Rolen for inspiration and it wouldn't matter. We're going to win tonight."
Giants fans were so sure of victory they were already forming a long line around the ballpark to buy tickets to the World Series.
"(The Giants) haven't been to the Series since 1989, and everybody else was telling us how much fun it was back then," said Ben Miller of San Francisco, who, along with his wife, Gerri, were hoping to get one of the 1,750 wrist bands that would put them in a lottery for tickets. "We weren't here then but we don't want to miss it now."
The Millers did not know how many tickets they could buy or how much the tickets would cost. All they knew was, there was a line forming and they had to be in it.
"I don't care how much they cost," said Ben. "We've already maxed out one credit card, and we'll max out another if we have to. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we're going to bring a bunch of our friends."
The fans came early Monday night, easily forsaking the 49ers on Monday Night Football.
"We know they're going to win, too, they're playing Seattle," said Yaw. "It's going to be a great night for San Francisco."
Not everyone felt that way, though.
Cardinals fan Earl Justin, of St. Louis, just happened to be in the Bay area on business and wore all red to the game.
"I was here last night, too," said Justin. "And the Giants fans were fairly nice to me ... most of the them."
Justin said he is going back home on Wednesday and the series is going with him.
"(The Giants) didn't see the real Matt Morris in Game 1," Justin said. "He'll be more relaxed tonight and I'll be back at Busch (Stadium) on Wednesday."
No matter how they thought it would end, the fans who came early on Monday night thought it would be another close game.
"The Cardinals will want to score early to get the momentum, but I like our chances late," said Ben Miller. "I think the Giants will win, 3-2."
That's the score, not the series record.
"We're not going anywhere near St. Louis again, not until next season," said Yaw. "Bring on the Angels."
Paul C. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.