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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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[sarcasm] Thank you for making this a front page issue, cause I don't see how this kind of reporting could fuel any further violence by a sports rivalry. [/sarcasm]

There was probably less arrests for public intoxication because there were more police officers patrolling the parking last year. The amount of drinking in the parking lot was probably the same.

Not that the Giants fans deserved the beating, but anytime you wear opposing team gear you expect some backlash. Also, the story says there were THREE giants fan against two Dodger fans.

I guess the Giants/Dodgers is the most bitter rivalry. However, this is getting out of hand. I don't want to bring my kids to the games anymore. You end up paying a boatload to go and then your evening is marred by events like this. And I've noted that the Dodger fans are unruly even when they are not violent.

Typical cowardly drunken Dodger fan action taken.
That place is a cesspool.

Way to go!

It is awful. Horrible. Those responsible need to go to jail. I grew up in L.A. and disliked the Giants. I went to Berkeley and went to a couple of Dodger-Giants games at Candlestick. The Giants fans were berserk idiots. Literally attacking any Dodger fan during the game and quite often physically.

Worse fans I have ever seen. Made the Giants a disgusting franchise and very easy for me to go from intense dislike to hatred of them. I would hate for anyone to think the Dodgers were a disgusting franchise.

And this may seem like I am contradicting myself and I am in no way excusing the people responsible. But you also have to have a brain. I did not wear any Dodger gear to Candlestick. Why? Because there were so many jerks around. Was it worth it to make a point to be fearful throughout the game? No. Should I have had to even feel it was dangerous to wear Dodger stuff. Of course not. But I am not going to ignore a possible incident just to make a point.

Thats if you even make it into the stadium without being mugged and beaten up. Watch it on TV, leave the stadium for the gang bangers. Security doesnt even care or intervene anymore.

It wasnt like this back in the day. Sad what a cesspool its become.

Nice job. I would expect this behavior from Raiders fans but Dodgers fans? Couldn't they just be happy that the Dodgers actually won the game against the MLB Champions. I mean, to beat a team as awesome as the Giants would make me a happy Dodger fan, not an angry & violent one. Go Giants!!!

What a shocker..........that is what happens when you attract Raider fan!!

No surprise here. Has anyone tried wearing a Dodgers uniform at Giants stadium. Trust me when I tell you that they would do the same thing to you. I went once while I was going to school, and I felt so threatened that I never went again.

The McCourt's trashing of the Dodger franchise has attracted a fan base that keeps me away from Dodger Stadium. Since the O'Malley family sold the Dodgers the stadium has turned into a strip mall with an overabundance of trashy digital and fixed advertising and music so loud that they drown out the last remaining treasure of the organization - Vin Scully. I haven't supported the Dodger's since the O'Malley's sold the team after being a lifelong fan.

This is not the first violent incident after a sporting event and certainly not the first at Dodger Stadium. But the changes made at Dodger stadium are attracting a fan base that is not family friendly. Arte Moreno has figured out how to strike a balance between the sport, modern music and displays, and alcohol sales while creating a great family environment.

The Dodger-Giant Rivalry is a great one but this incident is disgusting and an embarrassment to the City of Los Angeles.

Class-less display of typical Dodgers fans. The mgmt needs to fix this behavior. A typical Giants vs. Dodgers game the mood against the Giants fans that come to enjoy a game is very violent. They are cussed at in front of women and children and are pelted with peanuts and any thing Dodger fans can get ahold of. Unforntunley, it is hard to say it only a few bad apples, but it's not! A very wide spectrum of the Dodger fan base act this way every giants game.

People scoff at the notion Dodger Stadium is no longer safe but unruly behavior is now common. The McCourt era Dodgers continue to promote increased alcohol consumption undeterred by these tragic events. It will only get worse as the alcohol driven hooliganism spreads from the stands to the parking lot to the surrounding community.

Why must you divide and conquer? Can it not be a man who was attacked at the game? It's not enough for there to have been a tragedy, let's polarize our communities! You are not helping

just look who are there when normal people are at work!
garbage and wishes drunken idiots!

As a lifelong Dodger fan, going to the stadium is not an enjoyable an experience as it once was due to some of the idiotic thugs that find their way there. The best way to avoid these idiots? Pay a little more for some premium seats since these bozos cannot afford them. The fans around these seats are more classy and are REAL fans and not thugs disguised as Dodger fans. I hope the injured Giants fan makes a quick recovery. Unfortunately, it only takes the actions of a few idiots to spoil it for everyone else.

I attended opening day at Dodger Stadium last night, and was extremely disappointed with the way in which the majority of my fellow “fans” conducted themselves. Three fights erupted around our seats and in addition, I witnessed another fight near the concession stands that involved half-a-dozen individuals. The lowest point during the game occurred when a mother attempted to carry her newborn baby, whom she dressed in a Giants shirt, up to the concession stand. Food was thrown at her and expletives were shouted at her and her baby from all directions. I could have had the same experience at San Quinton, and saved the $190 I paid for my two tickets and food. These “so called people” are ruining the game and are the reason I will NEVER attend another opening day at Dodger Stadium. I never thought I would say this, but I am absolutely ashamed to call myself a Dodger fan. I’m 25 years old, and have spent thousands of dollars on tickets, ranging from Dugout Club seats next to Steve Garvey to everywhere else in-between. I was looking forward to taking my girlfriend to the game tomorrow, but decided against it and I will not spend another dime until this situation improves

The Dodgers fans are are bad as the Oakland Fans. The Oakland Fans burn down the town whether the "A's" or the "Raiders" win or lose their games. IT'S JUST A GAME, PEOPLE!!!! Beating up fans of the opposing team is STUPID. Since Dodger Stadium is located in such a 'HIGH CLASS' part of L.A., how much you wanna bet the suspects were GANG BANGERS!!!!

They really need to beef up security and have more police officers present at the games. There are so many gangsters at the stadium and it's plain out scary!

Haha, very sad funny. This is exactly why I stopped waering my WHitesox Jersey to an interleage game with the Dodgers, I myself almost got pounded to the ground simply because my team routed the Dodgers 16-1. Anaheim fans are much more civil, dodger fans have a bad rap and continue to show it.

I was there last night. The Giants fans were just as bad. Everyone was yelling back and forth. Planes flying over with pro Giants signs. All I heard around me was negative talk and 3/4 of it wasnt even baseball related. I hope the rest of the weekend is safe.Just a little advice leave your Giant gear at home if you dont want problems or you will be asking for negative attention. GO BLUE!!!!!

Funny how most here are associating all Dodger fans with 2 people. Lest you forget the last person killed at a baseball game in So Cal was at Angel Stadium. So based on these moronic theories, all Angel fans must be murderers!!!

Let them do community service in San Francisco at a game, then pour honey on them and have them pick up trash from the roadside while insects flock to their honey covered bodies.

Stay Classy LA!

And to think that the McCourts are fighting over this franchise. They must be complete dumb asses. They should be trying to get rid of their stake in the club.
The Dodgers should avoid future economic crippling lawsuits and relocate to The OC. They can change their name to The Los Angeles Dodgers of The OC.

As a lifelong Giants fan living in SoCal, I never expected the welcome mat at Dodger Stadium. In fact, I used to make a yearly road trip down for a ballgame or two in one of the nicest ballparks in the league. That was before the Raiders left town.

I last went to a game at the 'Latrine' two seasons ago and will never go back. Game/team related smack talk is one thing, personal threats and comments are another.

It's a shame my daughters will never enjoy a ballgame at what used to be the gem of baseball. I have to make the drive to SD or wait to get up north to watch my team without taking out an extra life insurance policy.

It's just a game.

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