Dodgers Web musings: A night when sportsmanship ruled
There was more written about what happened before the Dodgers and Giants played Monday than what happened during the game.
The pregame ceremony dedicated to Bryan Stow, the Giants fan brutally beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day, made local and national news.
The Times’ Dylan Hernandez captures what happened in the Dodgers’ 6-1 victory, including Rafael Furcal breaking his thumb, and here’s how other’s viewed the ceremony:
--Sports Illustrated’s Ann Killion said players from both teams reminded fans that it’s just a game.
--The San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami said the teams did everything they could to avoid a repeat of opening day and add a little grace to the rivalry.
--The Times’ T.J. Simers said the Giants’ reaction to the beating managed to make Frank McCourt look bad again.
--The Times’ Maria L. La Ganga and Gale Holland get the reaction from fans in both cities.
--Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi talks to Stow’s family.
--ESPN/LA’s Ramona Shelburne says the beating has resonated more deeply than past acts of fan violence.
--The San Francisco Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli says small gestures between Giants and Dodgers fans Monday went a long way.
--The Times’ Richard Winton writes that L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has joined the call for the Dodgers to end plans to sell half-priced alcohol at midweek games.
--And just so you know how the rest of the country might be paying attention to what happened to Stow, here’s this story of a drunken fan at a Pittsburgh game getting Tasered and clubbed by police.
--The Times' Bill Shaikin looks at McCourt getting sued by his former law firm. They said he loves lawsuits.
--ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson thinks the Dodgers should bat Matt Kemp leadoff while Furcal is out.
--ESPN/LA's Jon Weisman continues his love affair with Kemp.
--The Orange County Register’s Howard Cole believes the Dodgers should sign David Eckstein to replace Furcal.
--Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick says prized right-hander Rubby De La Rosa has yet to start his minor league season because he is on bereavement leave after the death of his grandmother.
-- Steve Dilbeck