EQ Moment #8:
Giants Fan Celebrates World Series Victory
All baseball fan would agree that the World Series is one of the most emotional times of the year. If you’re lucky, your favorite team takes you through the roller coaster of anticipation, ninth-inning nail biting, Game 7 heroics, and the excitement of your team winning it all.
The 2012 World Series was no different as the San Francisco Giants took on the Detroit Tigers and won a second series in three years. While the Giants’ players showered each other with champagne in Detroit, 2000 miles away the citizens of San Francisco took to the streets. Many fans celebrated peacefully, but others vandalized their beloved town by setting a bus on fire, flipping over cars, and lighting bonfires fueled by couches.
Thanks largely to social media, police identified one rowdy fan (pictured above) as 22-year-old Gregory Tyler Graniss. According to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), Graniss was charged with two felony counts of vandalism and willful tampering with a passenger transit vehicle. Graniss pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Graniss reminds us that our emotions can get the best of us not only when we are in a bad mood but also when we are in a good mood. He lacked the self-awareness needed to prevent foolish choices (Self-Awareness Strategy #9). His lawyer said it best; “The San Francisco Giants’ victory was amazing, and it really brought out the best in San Francisco and, unfortunately, the worst in Gregory.”