Giants Win Is a Home Run for San Francisco

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 03: San Francisco Giants players greet fans after the Giants clinched the National League West divsion against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on October 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. The Giants beat the Padres 3-0. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    San Francisco is a beautiful city and right now, it's got one beautiful team standing out as a shining star in the world of sports.

    The Giants are on a roll and making it look easy. Last night in the first MLB division playoff game, they artfully dismantled the Atlanta Braves. Pitcher Tim Lincecum is a hero.

    This baseball team is a winner and fans want a piece. An estimated 44,000 fans packed into AT&T park Thursday night. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce tells us there's a ripple effect benefitting hotels, restaurants and cabbies. Fans are dropping about $175 a pop. Nearly one third of Giants fans are from outside the City.

    Fleet Week is also lighting up the skies -- and the weather is perfect.

    It's also a chance for East Coast baseball lovers to get a prime-time view of the City and the team's special brand of ball. Yes, it's kind of fun to hear cable cars called trolley cars and San Francisco called "Frisco." Nobody in the Bay Area says either of those things.

    Add to tall the excitement this little wager: The mayors of Atlanta and San Francisco bet that the loser will fly the winner's flag over their respective city hall. And the loser will give a tour of his city to the winning mayor.

    If all goes as Bay Area fans hope, this means Newsom will be bringing home some Georgia peaches and shipping a flag down to Atlanta.

    It's been seven years since the Giants have come this far and the drought is over, it's raining orange and black.