Dodgers Web Musings: Dodgers, Giants ask for cooler heads as series opens in San Francisco
It’s the cloud that hovers over the Dodgers organization now, that opening-day beating of a Giants fan that has left him in a medically induced coma and battling for his life.
It’s not just a local story, or a state story, or, after a lengthy article in the New York Times, even a national one. The world is watching.
Now the Dodgers head to San Francisco, where they open a three-game series Monday night at AT&T Park. And honestly, everyone is probably a tad nervous.
Knowing emotions are running high, the Giants will have extra security. As written by the San Jose Mercury News’ Dan Brown, both organizations have asked for fans to keep cooler heads.
At the Giants’ home opener Friday, there was a moment of reflection for the beating victim, Bryan Stow. Followed by a "beat L.A." chant. Just before the Giants played the Cardinals.
Tom Fitzgerald of the San Francisco Chronicle examines the history of violence between fans of the two teams. Jorge Costa, the Giants' senior vice president of ballpark operations, told him he’s concerned about threats of retaliation posted on social network sites.
It all makes you nervous, uneasy. And hoping for the best, that at this time clearer minds prevail.
-- Sons of Steve Garvey’s anonymous "Steve Sax" writes that in the wake of the Stow incident, it’s time for the Dodgers to cancel plans for the half-price beer promotion for their six midweek day games at Dodger Stadium.
-- Hall of Fame baseball writer Ross Newhan writes that explaining increased violence is a complicated topic. But he says stability breeds civility, and stability has been lacking with the Dodgers since Peter O’Malley sold the team.
-- Dodger Dugout’s Robert Timm looks at the fan violence at Dodgers home games from a personal view, and compares it with his visit Saturday to a game at Petco Park.
-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez looks at the Dodgers’ faltering offense after their 7-2 loss to the Padres on Sunday.
-- The Times’ T.J. Simers tries to tackle the seemingly impossible -- what it’s like to be married to Tommy Lasorda for 61 years.
-- The Orange County Register’s Howard Cole is concerned that Don Mattingly is a little too in love with the bunt.
-- Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness writes that Sunday's game looked awfully familiar.
-- True Blue L.A.’s Eric Stephen notes that slumps are not exactly new to Juan Uribe.
-- Riverside Press-Enterprise columnist Gregg Patton says Tony Gwynn Jr. was the perfect hero for the Dodgers sweep on Saturday.
-- Former Register columnist Steve Bisheff writes his last blog.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Laurie Condren collects donations at AT&T Park for Bryan Stow, who was attacked at Dodger Stadium on opening day. Credit: Jed Jacobson / Getty Images