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Giants fan critically beaten after Dodgers home opener

Don Mattingly

The Los Angeles Dodgers opening day was marred by violence when a San Francisco Giants fan was critically beaten in the stadium parking lot after the game.

Los Angeles police were searching Friday for two Dodgers fans responsible for assaulting and critically injuring a man wearing San Francisco Giants apparel following Thursday’s game.

"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game,'' said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Station.

Rosenberg said the victim was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot around the end of the game by two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing.

The unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when two men in Dodgers clothing approached three victims in Giants apparel, police said.

The men then attacked the trio, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, Rosenberg said. The attack left one victim hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Rosenberg said.

The LAPD arrested at least two people for public intoxication in the parking lot compared to more than 130 on opening day last year.

Detectives ask anyone with information on the attack to call the LAPD's Northeast Station at (213) 485-2563.

Public intoxication has been an issue at Dodger home openers in the past, leading to police crackdowns. It's unclear if drinking was a factor in this case. The Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1.


Giants fan seriously beaten, 25 people arrested at Dodgers home opener

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly greets his coaches and reserve players during pregame introductions on Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / March 31, 2011)

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What a shame for LA that this savage attack occurred and what a pity that the Times reporter opted to name the perpetrators as Dodger fans. Lets be clear, they are thugs, no two ways about it, not Dodger fans. Donning Dodger caps does not make one a Dodger fan. Alex Tavoularis, born in LA in 1944,

I am female, middle aged, and was at the game in my SF Giants gear. A few Dodger fans used vulgar language about the GIANTS before the game, but that is part of the rivalry. For the most part Dodger fans tease and taunt in a fun way. I don't drink so I was sober after the game. Quite a few Dodger fans, drunk and sober, were aggressive, rude, and encouraging others to get in my face after the game. When I came out of the ballpark I had to walk around the ballpark to get to my car. I was alone and had several Dodger fans jumping in my face as if they were going to start something, I took off my visor and jersey and put it in my backpack. I put my wallet in my bra and held my keeps with a whistle on the key ring.

I noticed ALL THE LAPD BYCICLE OFFICERS were in groups congregated in packs sitting on their bikes shootin' the s*it next to the stadim. I did not see one officer riding his bike around the lot, they were all huddled in their packs (8 to 10 officers) talking to each other. I was too intimidated to ask if I was walking in the right direction towards lot 10. I walked from lot 2 to lot 10 (the long way) and not one officer was moving about inside the lot. I should have taken photos and posted them. The parking attendants, the young 20 somthings were very helpful.

First of all let me just say that I've been a Dodgers since I can remember and to say that all dodger fans are " THUGS " is crap . I'm a hard working husband and father and not a thug . Second I hope those guys do get caught and pay the price for what they did but to hold all Dodger fans accountable for the actions of a couple of knuckle heads is just wrong. Third I've been to the Angel and San Diego
stadiums wearing my DODGER jersey and hat guess what I got beer and peanuts thrown at me and if not for my wife and kids I might have been in the local papers .

I like how some Dodger fans try to push the blame for their horrible stadium environment solely on Latinos...news flash, you ALL suck, your fans suck, no matter what heritage or race, Dodger fans suck and always will, worst in baseball..and everybody around the country agrees

I second Lee's comments (posted by: Lee | April 01, 2011 at 10:03 AM):

"What's wrong with this picture? A Giants fan is critically beaten and put in the hospital, and the photo is of the manager fist bumping his players. Like right on, man. We beat somebody down! And to end the article with the score. Nice touch, Richard."

Clearly, the L.A. Times and Richard Winton are in the same class as the low-life McCourts, who're more concerned about making a buck, hand over (literal) fist, than enforcing serious security measures throughout Dodgers stadium territory -- including in the parking lot, where these assaults continue to take place. Total dirtbag ownership incapable of owning up to its failures or doing the right thing.

Thug behavior in the Chavez Ravine parking lot (what would Cesar Chavez say?). And shameless, tasteless, classless, clueless L.A. Times. A lovely city.

Welcome to MEXICO! Last USC/UDLA Rose Bowl an illegal alien named Arturo Cisneros stabbed a man multiple times in the tradition of Mexican violence.

The use of the "Tijuana toothpick" (a switchblade knife) by Cisneros is an example of the "jobs Americans just won't do."

The Los Angeles Times failed to describe his immigration status and called for a crackdown on tailgate parties at the Rose Bowl.

How is it that prior to California becoming "Mexifornia," families were able to celebrate the rivalry of the two Los Angeles area college teams for 80 years without this type of south of the border stupidity?

This is what Obama and John McCain have planned for the rest of the nation with their DREAM Act and other treasonous ploys.

The UC Schools promote resentment and hatred towards gringos and allow illegal aliens in-state tuition and preferences over US citizens. The multiple attacks and gang-type violence that is ever present in Mexican "culture" is the consequence of not enforcing our immigration laws.


Not surprising. This is the city that RIOTS --- if they win a championship -- or lose a game --- or there's a controversial court decision.

It is NOT a "Dodger Thing" it is a MEXICAN Thing

This the same reason I stopped taking my kids to the Raider Games when they were in LA , The gang bangers just made it impossible to have a good time at the game . I stopped going to the Dodgers games the last few years now because I saw that the gang thugs were taking over the game in the same manner they destroyed the Raider games . Laker games also have been like this for the past few years . I don't understand why they think that the teams are and extension of their main gangs but it also goes along with the LA gang tattoo on there body . Los Angeles has turned into a sewer of sorts because these thugs have taken over the city life . People just can't enjoy themselves unless they are beating down someone . Last year when I watched the Lakers win the championship ( On TV ) I just shook my head as these cowards dragged someone out of his car and beat him down , Worst off all the cops were like 100 feet away and did nothing .

No more families.. No more actual fans.. Just nortenos vs surenos vs border brothers vs whoever vs whatever.. Embarrassing. People getting shot, stabbed, critically beaten

Thanks Obama

Less arrests probably due to less of a police presence. Why wasn't a patrol in or around parking lot 2?

Can someone do something about this headline? How can you be "critically" beaten? Was he beaten by Kenneth Turan? Was the attack evaluated? Are there no copy editors left????

Can someone do something about this headline? How can you be "critically" beaten? Was he beaten by Kenneth Turan? Was the attack evaluated? Are there no copy editors left????

I.C.E. should be patrolling Doyers Stadium.

I see the Dodger fans are keep'in it classy as always. Losers

Ok..... Blaming the ENTIRE Dodgers fan base is just plain ridiculous. I went to games at Candlestick in the 70's and 80's and those fans used to throw "D" batteries at the players and other Dodgers fans. The LA Angels of Anaheim, Orange County, Irvine or whatever they are had two killings there last year...

Let's keep this in perspective people. There are bad fans all over the league. Stop stereotyping ALL Dodgers fans as THUGS and suggesting that they should be "deported". Your opinions are just as narrow minded and shallow as the idiots that committed this crime. I would welcome you to attend a Philadelphia Eagles game wearing a Cowboys jersey and share with me your experience....

Dodger Stadium used to be a place where you could take your family to see a game without fear. Sure, LA being LA, there have always been a lot of fans from the visiting team in attendance. Having attended a couple of hundred games there over the years, I always had the "pleasure" of happening to sit right next to one most of the time. We usually had a good time, ribbing each other gently, and then shaking hands once the game was over and wishing each other good luck.

Somewhere along the line, this aspect of the game was replaced by evil, bad-tempered neanderthals who attend the game with no thought other than to cause trouble. Some of this stems from "class" being replaced by "trash-talking" in our society. But there has been something else going on at Dodger Stadium in the past several years.

If you're waiting for mccourt to do something about it, don't waste your time. He has no intention of discouraging anyone from attending a game as long as he is a paying customer.

Where were all the police that were gathered in bunches taking pictures of all the pretty girls when this happened-what a waste of tax payer money.

I don't know who "avenger" is but if I see anyone mistreating any other fan at a game or any where I will report them to the police. our society should not tolerate this kind of behavior by anyone.

No more families.. No more actual fans.. Just nortenos vs surenos vs border brothers vs whoever vs whatever.. Embarrassing. People getting shot, stabbed, critically beaten

Thanks Obama

No more families.. No more actual fans.. Just nortenos vs surenos vs border brothers vs whoever vs whatever.. Embarrassing. People getting shot, stabbed, critically beaten

Thanks Obama

I am a dodger fan and I don't even go to dodger games because the area is bad. The dodger management is poor and only care about making millions, winning divorce cases in court, and putting a mediocre team on the field every year. Very sad that they don't care about their fans or the opposing teams fans to make dodger stadium a little more safer. Such is life I guess!!!

This is why I refuse to support the Dodgers only because of these despicable uneducated lowlife fans. They should not at all be allowed to enter the stadium area. The Dodgers ownership should absolutely be sued bigtime for this in not providing proper security in the parking lots where these evil scumbags prey on innocent people. Of course these cowardly shitheads would never do this alone as they are too f'in weak to fight someone one on one. Go to hell McCourt for not getting your own life together and not taking a stance on this. I hope a 7.0 earthquake levels your stadium.

ANIMALS!!!THUGS!!!SCUMS!!! Reflects on what kind of people live in LA.
HOODLUMS!!! Animals live in LA now. I hope these idiots get caught. Oh what's the use, they'll just be deported and they'll just cross the border again and beat up people again. LA has gone to the dogs. Probably idolizing their mayor.

The security at Dodger Stadium is horrible. Last year I noticed they had tables set up at the entrances. As patrons approached they were asked to empty their pockets. Once this occurred the officer would tell them to take their items and go. I noticed it was pretty much up to the patron what they decided to place on the table. And no pat down for weapons was done. I realized this was a show to make the fans feel there was security in place. It was not actual security. Everyone had to go through this, gang member or grandmother with baby. A patron could smuggle a bazooka into the stadium if they wanted. I also noticed quite a few gang members and a few outlaw motorcycle club members in the crowd. They were not doing anything illegal but I commented to one of the security supervisors that it must be hard to keep track of the gang members. He said "No, we don't know anything about them. We are not allowed to profile. That would be wrong and we could be sued." I said "That means your just responding to issues after the fact--they security does appear to have great radio communication. He said "We do our best." Sure. I think it will take a shooting inside Dodger Stadium before the management stops with the political correctness and starts criminal profiling. And I don't mean racial profiling.

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