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Giants and Dodgers come together in pregame ceremony

Photo: Players from the Dodgers and Giants come together during a moment of silence in honor of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the season opener. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters That simple pregame ceremony by the Giants and Dodgers was well done Friday. Just the right touch.

It was the first meeting for the two teams in San Francisco since Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

With that as the tense background, both teams took the field and surrounded home plate, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly standing shoulder to shoulder, in what the public address announcer called a "spirit of community."

There was a "moment of reflection" for Stow. Several players bowed their heads.

Then Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll -- former teammates on the Colorado Rockies -- each spoke to the crowd.

Affeldt battled his emotions at one point, saying "We ask you to respect the rules, and respect each other."

Affeldt spoke of the great, competitive rivalry between the two teams.

"But when the last out is made, that rivalry ends on the field," he said.


Affeldt gave Carroll a warm introduction, though there were still boos.

"There’s nothing better than rivalry in the game of sports," Carroll told the crowd. "Like Jeremy said, this is one of the best out there. As we do respect each other on the field, we do want you guys to have the same respect, competitive banter and passion that you guys have for as long as this rivalry lives.

"But there is no room in this game for hatred and violence."

At that point, the crowd erupted in applause.

"It is about respect, it is about civility," Carroll said. "This is America’s national pastime and let’s keep it that way."

Before the coming together of the teams, the Giants presented Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe with his World Series ring. Originally, they planned to give it to him in a private ceremony, but apparently the Giants players objected and he received it at home plate.

The Giants surrounded home plate and smothered him with hugs when he trotted out from the Dodgers dugout to receive his ring.

The crowd gave him a nice ovation. When he was introduced for his first at-bat, however, he was mostly booed.

At the end of the ring ceremony, the crowd started its "beat L.A." chant.

Earlier in the day, the Dodger Stadium drive-through donation for Stow and his family was deemed a success. The Dodgers said they raised more than $61,000 for the family's foundation.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Players from the Dodgers and Giants come together during a moment of silence in honor of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the season opener. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters

 
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Steve,

Thought your readers would appreciate this information regarding another Bryan Stow fundraiser out in the IE. It will take place at Red Brick Pizza in Rancho Cucamonga
http://truetotheblue81.blogspot.com/2011/04/fundraiser-for-bryan-stow-red-brick.html

True to the Blue!

This is the original and still the greatest rivalry in my book. When I was a kid, it was the only rivalry. When Bobby Thomson hit that HR off Ralph Branca, I became a Dodger Fan forever.
But it still just a sport.

Excellent message and hopefully it is understood by the fans of both teams. I'm a Giants fan and I have been really touched by the way this tragic event has brought our fans together and put the rivalry in its proper perspective. I will still despise the Dodgers and razz their fans when appropriate, but that is as far as it will ever go.

To all of the thugs out there that try and beat up another fan because he is wearing the wrong colors: Stay at home, nobody want you there. Not the players and not the real fans. This isn't prison, it's America's pastime.

Hope Stow has a miraculous comeback. That being said, I hope Uribe has a painful, season ending injury for going huggyhuggy with all the Giants. Disgusting.

No big deal (appreciate the sentiments of the article overall), but it is strange and in overall poor taste to have the words about Juan Uribe's ring -- "they planned to give it to him in a private ceremony" -- linked to an article about the attack against Stow and nothing about Uribe.

Carroll and Affeldt - both classy, both with messages that needed to be heard, messages that need to be lived out.

Prayers and well wishes to Bryan Stow, his care givers

I hate that this happened. I hate that these two gangwabber cholos disguised as wannabe Dodger fans beat this Giants fan senseless. I bet those two pendejo's couldn't name 3 starting pitchers and 5 guys from the starting lineup even if you spotted them Loney and Carroll. I believe they were looking for a fight and when they saw a guy wearing Giants colors getting mouthy at the end of the game, their territorial radars went off and so did they. I hate that this happened because now, our rivalry won't be the same again for a long time. The Dodger, Giant rivalry for the most part is between the players of the past and the ever present. Now, we have this calm truce and treaty between fans and that sucks. Fans should never take this rivalry to a violent level. Once they do, they're not fans any more, they're street hooligans asking to be locked up. The Dodger organization aint going to come bail you out. Why?? ...because you're not on the team.

Affeldt was very good in a tough spot. Most jocks stick to the cliches, but he let it go from the head and the heart.

Don't think Uribe was booed when he came to the plate. How can you tell? Remember it's UUUU-ribe that everyone shouts when he comes up in SF and LA.

I think the bros that did the felony assault are giving a bad name to Hispanics in SoCal. Cops are gonna start rousting the blue gangs in the hood til somebody rats.

Go Doyers!

So with all these contributions from SF/LA fans, the Giants organization, this poor man's employer, etc, can anyone tell me HOW MUCH the Dodgers have contributed to this fund????? Truly sad....

Fans are waiting for Frank McCourt and the Dodgers to step up to the plate and pay Bryan Stow's medical care but McCourt is in hiding and saying nothing!


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