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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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This is why I'm against an NFL team coming to Los Angeles. We already have grown men acting like immature children and thugs, destroying people's lives (and their own) over a stupid jersey or team.

Sports fans are part of a Moron Culture. These people get hysterical over something that is temporary, inconsequential, and which they do not derive any profits from. Sports fans are true suckers. Even the players on the team have no loyalty and bail out on the team when a better contract arises. At least in Las Vegas, you are bound to get a little money back once in awhile. Sports fans are idiots paying a Voluntary Idiot Tax.

The sports fan who was hysterical at last night's game doesn't care about it 24 hours later. He maybe even resents you bringing it up. Does that sound like a healthy thing?

Dang. Let people enjoy whatever team they want. Sportsfans that take it this far ruin going to live games. So then you end up with less good people at the games and more hoodlums. Thank goodness the Raiders left town. 10 less Sundays where people getting hurt (or killed) over a fricken team.

What a surprise. All of those involved likely sat in the "East LA-Raider Pavilion," which is no longer safe territory for innocent people/families on a budget who just want to take in a ballgame. Unfortunately, the Giant fan found himself in a very hostile situation which has become the rule rather than the exception at Dodger Stadium. The gang-bangers who did this have probably gotten away with this kind of stuff before. I'm sure there are thousands of Dodger fans who will write back to say the Giant fan had it coming to him because...well...he wore a Giants jersey, and he's a Giants fan. Sorry, I don't care how much you love the Dodgers and hate the Giants, no rational human being can justify this attack. It's becoming more official every day--Dodger Stadium is becoming an extremely unsafe place for people to go to simply have an honest, good time.

That's why I cancelled my season tickets I no longer support "Los Doyers" I hate the fans

Stay Classy, Los Angeles.

Typical gangster Dodger fans. I stopped going to games years ago because of their thug mentality. You might as well go to a Raider game.

I do believe the Dodgers Team should make a public statement apologizing for.. their over zealous fans behavior. Dodgers or spokesperson can tell how embarrassed they are finding it incomprehensible someone would be beaten when leaving their event.

Not their fault at all ... the individuals responsible for the beatings might learn the team found such behavior out of bounds and despicable.

Sure would be nice if they carried insurance or the team would come up with $$ to cover the hospital bills.

Do hope the individuals responsible are found out and never allowed to attend another sports event.

In the end, the team gets the fans it deserves. If Dodger management allows this kind of stuff, you eventually get your own local version of Raider Nation at Dodger games. Lovely.

I'd like to see a quote from the Dodgers on this.

It's good they reduced the drinking problem on opening day.

The teams should do something that sends a message of respect for the visiting team and its fans. Maybe the Dodgers could wear Giants caps during the game, or they teams could swap jerseys. Something as visible as that would send a powerful message.

stay classy LA!

Stay classy, Dodger fans.

There is nothing I like better than beating the Giants, but lets be real it' just a game! It's not supposed to be life and death!

and that's why I avoid going to Dodgers Stadium, their fans are the worst ghetto/gang members that only go there to fight.

i always feel like there's not enough security around, last year was the first time I have ever seen security after a game (1)

they need to make the park more of a family park and clean up the place from those that are not there to watch the game, they should maybe raise the prices of those trouble areas/section so they can't afford and won't go there to fight.

Dodgers fans are just plain awful!

As usual, no physical description of the assailants. So much for wanting the public's health in solving this hideous crime. What a farce.

Way to stay classy Dodger fans! This is why I no longer go to Dodger stadium. too many drunk gang members!

It's just a game! Seriously, do people need to be nearly beaten to death just because they root for another team? Grow up!

What a bunch of morons!! Hopefully they catch these lowlifes & they lock them up & throw away the key!!

How awful. I am so tired of these stories about idiots we never had to deal with before. Now gang mentality is even found at a baseball game; a supposedly wholesome, family event and on Opening Day! LAPD I suggest you start looking for these thugs south of the border - we all know where most of this "Raider" behavior comes from. I hope these thugs are found and thrown in jail for the next 25 years. I pray the victim makes a full recovery. Don’t wimp out LAT.

Typical. This is exactly why I don't attend Dodgers games anymore and it's why I don't take my kids. It's a shame such an awesome baseball venue has to be populated by such classless low-lifes.

Unbelievable....The Raiders THUG mentality has found it's way to Dodger Stadium. These "Barney Fife, rent-a-cops" they have at Dodger Stadium are right on you if you try to drink a beer or grill a burger. But beat a man's brains out....NO PROBLEM.

Now we have TWO great reasons for boycotting Dodger Stadium:
scum bags in the crowd
scum bags in the owners' box.

I've walked up to the upper concourse and it's akin to walking the yard at Folsom State Pen. Tension, dudes just looking to brawl. It's ridiculous.

You're pretty much looking for a beatdown or at least getting harrassed and heckled to death by wearing the team's rivals jersey's among a bunch of drunken bafoons.

Poor dude, first they lose than he gets a wicked beatdown. S'pose he's lucky he wasn't stabbed.

Go Dodgers!!!!!

Baseball is supposed to be a pleasant, fun experience. I will never take my children to Dodger stadium again. A lot (not all) of the fans there are gang related thugs who look for fights with opposing teams fans (especially the Giants) to fight with.I remember a Giants fan was killed by a "Dodger fan" (gang thug) a few years ago. Last summer, I took my family to SF and watch a Dodgers vs Giants at AT&T Park.I experience a little kind hearted ribbing when I took my seat, but no one got in my face and threatened me or my family. At least I felt safe never felt my life was in danger like Giants fans must feel when they come down to Dodger stadium. I am embarrased for LA and the Dodgers organization for allowing such violence to take place at what was once a safe, beautiful place to watch a ball game.

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