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Emotional Tommy Lasorda: Beaten Giants fan 'didn’t deserve it'

An emotional Tommy Lasorda was among the many who turned out at Dodger Stadium on Monday as part of a drive-through fundraiser for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten in a stadium parking lot on opening day.

Lasorda teared up as he handed volunteers a $5,000 check for Stow’s relief fund.

“I shed a lot of tears. He didn’t deserve it; he was a nice young man,” Lasorda said later in a phone interview. “This guy is in a coma in the hospital -- I mean, come on, over a baseball game?"

The former Dodgers coach said it's important that fans come together to support Stow.

"It could have happened in any ballpark in America… I think it was very good for Dodger fans to come together to show their respect and sorrow for this young man.”

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-- Gale Holland at Dodger Stadium

Photo: Lasorda at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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Why are dodger fans donating to a giants fan?? Gee that would never happen at Pacbell or Att or whatever they call it.

Jim Rome lovingly refers to the Giant fans as "The Battery Chuckers". How did they get that nickname you ask? They have long been known for tossing transitor radio batteries at Dodger outfielders since their Candlestick Park days. Just the facts.

The California Attorney General is already investigating Frank McCourt and the Dodgers for irregularities in the Dodger Dream Foundation. So lets give this one to the LA District Attorney. Unless politics get in the way...reckless disregard for the safety of 3,000,000 fans deserves a thorough investigation.

come on! its just baseball??? no need to fight over it, unless your betting & theres money involved.

Tommy Lasorda is, as always, a class act. On the other hand, Frank McCourt is, as always, classless. Shouldn't the owner of the team be doing more than the fans?

It's time to throw these gangsters in a special prison. Manacles. Ball and chain.

Can we REALLY afford to let this scum ruin our city????

Tommy, I disagree with "Any Ballpark in America" ?
I have been to Petco Park and experienced a fun, safe and enjoyable night with no worries about making it to my vehicle.
Dodger stadium is a reflection of the surrounding community.... gangland. Get rid of the gang bangers and you will fix 90% of the problems that occur at the stadium.

I hate to admit it but if everybody is packing heat, this won't happen.

Too late, Tommy. Dodger Stadium has been overrun by thugs, which only attracts more thugs while discouraging the civilized among us from attending...a vicious cycle. Just look at Magic Mountain and what happened once the gangs decided to take root. It's a plague without end. Attend a Dodger game and put my wife and kids in harm's way? Umm, no thanks.

Great PR.... although I hope it was a sincere gesture. But, how about this Mr. Lasorda and the Dodgers - only run home games on television until the perople who beat up the fan are caught? Money won't solve the problem -- where is the support from the Dodgers against violence and gangs? Oh wait......your team logowear wouldn't sell if you spoke out about gangs. This is Los Angeles - don't you read the newspapers?

Must be all dodger fans posting here, they love that jerk

"I shed a lot of tears. He didn’t deserve it; he was a nice young man,” Lasorda said later in a phone interview

Was ?, Was? Did he die jerkoff?

These 2 idiots were not baseball fans, they were punk gang-bangers who attacked a man from behind and kicked him while he was down. In New York we have a way of dealing with people like this, usually it is referred to as "sleeping with the fishes"

Dodger Stadium has a serious gang, gang banger, thug, drunken idiots, problem. The people who are suffering are the "True Dodger Fans and "True Sports Fans" I have tried in previous posts to give McCourt the benefit of the doubt. NOT ANY MORE. I heard on the news today that it was suggested to the Dodgers to call off the half price alcohol nights, they said they were reviewing it. REVIEWING WHAT?? I'm convined McCourt doesn't care about the true fans. He must need the money so Bad, that he wants all the money from the beer and tequila sales. He doesn't care that the dunks get all liquered up, and cause trouble, he just wants the money. (More liquer, half price, more drunken idiots, more money) This guy is disgusting!!! I really think the time has come for us true fans to boycott a game!!!! McCourt is completly not tuned in. He is a mental midget. Boycott!!!!! Thursday April 21st Day Game. This stupid owner needs a message.

Lasorda recommended the beat Giants fan have a delicious shake for breakfast and another for lunch, then a sensible meal for dinner.

There used to be a latino slum area known as Chavez Ravine, It's inhabitants were forced to sell there houses, The ravine (valley) was filled in and built on top stands Dodger Stadium, Irony or Karma???

Yes, it would be impossible for anyone to be beaten in Anaheim stadium; nothing like that could ever happen.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/04/fan-dies-after-fight-at-angels-game-.html

When the RAIDERS left Los Angeles the gang bangers all
became Dodgers fans.

What happened to Bryan Stow should never happen. I am embarrassed to be a Dodger fan. True Dodger fans do not act in that manner. But I have noticed a steady decline in the quality of Dodger fans. I went to a Dodger game against the Yankees a few years back and I was appalled at the taunting and the fan behavior. I haven't gone back - which saddens me because I have been a Dodger fan all of my life and a trip to Dodger Stadium was always something to look forward to. Now, I wouldnt even consider it.

On behalf of this Dodger fan, I apologize to Bryan Stow for what happened. Mr. Stow and his family are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

 
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