Thunder rolled across Sonoma County Sunday in a storm of joy as San Francisco Giants fans leaped from their chairs.
More than 2,000 miles away, Giants pitcher Sergio Romo struck out the side, cinching the title with a third strike against Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.
The moment shook a neighborhood bar on a quiet corner in west Santa Rosa where regulars have become friends. After hours of holding their breath, few at the West Side Pub on Marlow Road could put the moment into words.
“Amazing!” said bartender Cal Ferrere, a little bit stunned.
Ferrere and several regulars leaped into each other’s arms.
“They did a sweep, a sweep! It was a perfect game!” Josh Jensen, 38, of Santa Rosa said.
Strangers thumped each others’ backs and hugged. Patrons stood on stools and without irony sang Freddie Mercury’s classic lyrics: “We are the champions of the world.”
Each hit, run and out brought a sea of black-and-orange beads, shirts, caps and amber-colored brews jumped from their seats and hollered in the normally calm pub that owner Shannon Klein has owned for eight years.
“It’s crazy. Everyone is going nuts over every play,” said Ferrere from behind the bar.
Ferrere, a bartender at the pub for five years, pulled up a pant leg and showed off a Giants logo tattoo added to the Golden Gate Bridge and an orange-and-black nautical star inked on his right calf.
Moments before Romo threw the last pitch, Michelle Nichols, 37, of Santa Rosa said she felt he brought all the luck the team needed.
“Sergio has a great attitude. The man is positive,” Nicholls said.
Before Romo threw the pitch that ended the game, it was hope, superstition and loyalty that filled the seats at the bar throughout the game. Perched at the edge of his bar stool, Tekaly Semere’s method was simple.