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    San Francisco turns out to salute Giants


    by ODN


    Thousands of San Francisco Giants fans jammed the city's financial district on to celebrate the team's first World Series championship in 56 years.

    The Giants were able to savor the long sought after victory by beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game five of the best-of-seven Major League Baseball championship on Monday.

    Players and their families rode through the streets on the cities fabled cable cars which ended in a giant rally at San Francisco city hall.

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger saluted the team on a sunny afternoon.

    "On behalf of the people of California, I want to say congratulations to the Giants for this great, great victory."

    The triumph marked the first crown for the Giants since 1954 when the franchise played in New York.

    It also capped a remarkable run for a team that will take a first title home to San Francisco after falling short in 1962, 1989 and 2002 following their move to the City by the Bay after the 1957 season.

    After securing a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves and then eliminated the twice defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies to reach the World Series.