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Dodgers Web musings: A night when sportsmanship ruled

Ljiq8anc 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.’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

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Eckstein . age 36 . career .280 hitter . career .345 on base . last year's .267 is his highest since over .300 in 2007

interesting, but not sure there's a huge gainer either way. I still lean toward the young guys - you can't keep blocking them, and this would be a 36-year-old (right in flanders' wheelhouse)

the kids ought to be able to hit within a hit a week of .260 and probably that good or better.

beat the giants - pound 'em

At the game last night with the Stow family. Never been jealous of Giant's fans for anything till then. Definitely jealous of Giants fans for their owner. Larry Baer set the family up with a luxury suite for the game and i'm sure he had alot to do with the pre-game gathering on the field. Around the 6th inn he came to the suite and said some really nice words before mingling a good 10-15min. Not being family i tried to stay out of the way but he saw my Dodger hat and went out of his way to aproach me. Talking to him i got the feeling that had i had a similar experience at PacBel he would have done the same for me and mine that he and his org. have been doing for the Stows. Wish i could say the same for McCourt who had to be pressured by Brian's employer AMR to do the fundraiser. It was uplifting however to read that there are plenty of classy Dodger fans who went out of there way to donate 60 large. Pretty good for an empty park. When i talked with Baer in the 6th he told me the Giants had raised 63,000 that night with a packed house.

Forced hugs and handshakes = window dressing.

besides, its not the Union Members there in uniform that present the clear and present danger ...

its the drunken choloes in the Pavilion!


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