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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.

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-- 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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Keep selling beer at these events and this kind of neandratal behavior will never cease. Perhaps we should end this kind of "coluseam" event.

It's sad that we've gotten to the point where Angelenos are afraid to take their families to a baseball game. Add me to the list, I just don't feel comfortable taking my daughter and my wife to Dodger Stadium. Get rid of the thugs, increase security (competent security), bring back the families.

Memo to Frank,

Clean the stadium up. Make it family and visistor friendly again. Police the the thugs, control the beer, change the Raider-like gang friendly atmosphere that now prevails.
Shame on those that did this...shame on Frank, shame on my Dodgers.

Not all Dodger fans are like this. I love the Dodgers and I do not condone this at all. Alcohol was probably very likely involved. Not that it excuses it though. I am ashamed of this.

GO DODGERS!

Imagine if the Dodgers had lost the game ... maybe Dodger Stadium should rope off a section of the parking lot and place a few buses there. This way these losers could spend their time turning over vehicles and lighting stuff on fire instead of harassing innocent fans. Kind of like a theme park for thugs.

WOW another proud moment in ghetto LA history. And these same fools think bringing another NFL team here is a good idea !!! I'm sure there would be no random incidents of violence at that venue either.

With all that is going on in the world, these myopic thugs need to get a life. You jerks gain nothing from this pseudo-familial hogwash. If you had a dime for every bit of nonsense fed to you by corporate creeps, you would still have the same stupid mentality. I am waiting for for McCort to ask for public money to bail out his team, pay for his divorce, and the forgiven taxes. Why not? What is another couple of billion for a baseball owner? Even stupid thugs along with hardworking citizens paid for the Wall Street mess. The real beatings have been misdirected in favor of gentle wrist taps.

I was at that game. You know what happens during warm-ups out on the field? The Dodgers and Giants players are out there exchanging high-fives and hugs. THE PLAYERS. Stupid thug fans. Go watch the game in a bar and fight with your friends.

Consider the area. Consider the class of people. Its not just the Dodger fans Raider fans were the same (when they were the L.A. Raiders). Vegas hosted NBA and I have to say the Lakers fans were THE WORST,... heathens, rude, nasty, trashy people who were confrontational and obnoxious. Very few left tips and acted like they were OWED something.

First of all to all the people who are talking bad about The Dodgers need to realize just because a fan wears any teams apparel they are not representative of all the fans. I'm a die hard Dodgers fan and am Hispanic, but im not in a gang or completely devoid of human emotion to physically hurt another fan because they dont cheer for my team. there is a difference between the Dodgers organization and the Dodger fans. Hell Rolling Stone put up an Article on U.S. Soldier battalion that killed and mutilated Afganistan civillians does that mean that all U.S. Army soldiers are like this...no because its a very small sample size and we cant over generalize

Second these thugs dont have any idea about the history of the Dodgers and just look for reasons to get drunk and feel like they need to defend their city like its a turf they are fighting over. There is a difference between passion for your team and all outright idiocy

my thoughts and prayers go out to the people that were hospitalized because no rivalry no matter how big is worth hurting someone over

First of all to all the people who are talking bad about The Dodgers need to realize just because a fan wears any teams apparel they are not representative of all the fans. I'm a die hard Dodgers fan and am Hispanic, but im not in a gang or completely devoid of human emotion to physically hurt another fan because they dont cheer for my team. there is a difference between the Dodgers organization and the Dodger fans. Hell Rolling Stone put up an Article on U.S. Soldier battalion that killed and mutilated Afganistan civillians does that mean that all U.S. Army soldiers are like this...no because its a very small sample size and we cant over generalize

Second these thugs dont have any idea about the history of the Dodgers and just look for reasons to get drunk and feel like they need to defend their city like its a turf they are fighting over. There is a difference between passion for your team and all outright idiocy

my thoughts and prayers go out to the people that were hospitalized because no rivalry no matter how big is worth hurting someone over

It is incredibly embarrassing to me, a 40 year Dodger fan, that a couple of hooligans can damage a wonderful day and a victory over their Neanderthal behavior. Not on the same level, but equally disturbing is the amount of people here who want to blame a whole group of fans for the actions of two morons. Yes, there are some bad "elements" of people at games, similar to society in general. The outrage is more from us loyal longtime Dodger fans, than anybody outside the Blue family, as it is an embarrassment to us, our team and our city. This is a GAME and unfortunatlet in todays society some place too much stature and importance on a game. Lets not disparage the Dodgers fans who are and have been loyal, upstanding fans because of the actions of two. Their action is as deplorable to us as it is to anyone seeing this report. As a fan I would like to offer the apology to those who were injured and to any fan from an opposing team who may not visit our beautiful stadium over possible repurcussions because they cheer for an opposing team. This behavior doesn't belong in any stadium and especially our treasured Dodger Stadium.

I've been a Dodgers fan all my life and while I agree Dodgers fans can be tough at times, Giants fans last night were asking for it by running around the stadium saying the Dodgers suck, LA sucks, look at the plane and banner, etc. I sat by a Giants fan and we had a great conversation about baseball. I don't condone any of the violence at all but people have to use some common sense when going to the stadium.

There was one Giants fan that was mouthing off ALL game (i.e., aforementioned diatribe) and, when it became apparent the Giants were going to lose, I told him that he better run to his car before the game ended. The calm Giants fan that sat by me, however, left in peace.

Use your brain folks...

I am a Dodger fan throug an through and enjoy thr Giants rivalry as much as the next fan but it is just a game and the reprehensible actions of a few idiots should not be held against a team, it's city or it's fans. Less we forget the tragic stabing incident that happened last season at a local anaheim stadium. And to bring racism and bigotry into a discussion that has nothing to do with baseball just goes to show the ignorance of some people regardless of the zip code they live in. Yet some people seem to forget that their beloved Angels are owned by a prominent, proud hispanic Art Moreno. Lets not tarnish our great American pastime with our own petty differences and GO BLUE!!!!

Stop allowing thugs that look like gang member into Dodger Stadium. Yes, that's profiling. It's past due that we stop being cowards and take back our city...and our team.

Of course, if this was at an electronic music event, everyone would be calling to ban the entire genre. Why isn't anyone calling to ban Dodgers baseball?

Sad. But the real problem is that this kind of thing is embraced by MOST, but not all that attend games at Dodgers Stadium.
This is why the Dodgers organization will not get another penny out of me. I attended opening day 3 years ago and was cursed at, threatened and harrased the whole time. All while holding my 3 year old son. Pathetic. All the while the "true" Dodgers fans just smiled on.
Most Dodgers fans that I know have told me that they prefer to attend Angels games even though they hate the Angels. It's just that they can actually enjoy a big league baseball game without the threat of violence and sharing a section with thugs and punks.
BTW, how much responsibility should the owner/owners of the Dodgers share for this? What about the Dodgers fan that started a "Punch a Giants Fan in the Face" Facebook event? Hope he's happy that an innocent person is lying in the hospital in critical condition. For what? For wanting to enjoy a day at the yard. Pathetic.

How can we be sure that those attacked weren't hurling racist and anti-immigrant insults and thus provoking the attacks?

I was @ yesterday's game and have been for the last 15 years and am not a fan of the Giants but it goes no further than Booing them or friendly banter. I'm saddened to hear about yesterday's beating and I do hope they find the idiots that ran like cowards after beating these guys up.
But in defense to all Dodger fans out there, we are not ALL like these idiots and I don't think its fair to label all Dodger fans losers or make statements like they should deport them, cause unless you were there to see the beating you don't know who did the beating and he could be a white, black or asian, so quit stereotyping.
And another thing being a Raider fan as well, going to SD Charger games as a Raider fan is just as scary! Some people don't understand how to cheer for a TEAM like civilized people.

Go to a Dodger game and a Raider game breaks out. On the same night that a Hockey Game broke out in the middle of a Laker game when fans even tried to rush the court. Sorry, just another reason I didn't renew my 1/2 share in a block of 4 Dodger season tickets and won't be paying ticket broker tickets anymore for Laker tickets. LA sports teams have been taken over by the gangs and wannabe thugs. My HD TV is just fine for watching the games, thank you very much.

I love how people are characterizing all dodgers fans as thugs. We are not all like that. I went to a dodger game in SF a few years ago and was harassed their as well when I was in my dodger gear. I was not physically harmed but giants fans were throwing peanuts at dodger fans etc. The physical violence that occurred here is sad but not unusual in other parks around the country.

people in LA can fight? when did this happen?

The Dodger organization needs to denouce this and let other idiots know that they are an embarassment to the team.

I too stopped going to Dodger vs Giant games years ago because of how embarassed I was of so many Dodger fans.

So sad that idiots like this do this.. It makes it tough for us to wear our gear to another stadium... You ruin it for all of us that are fans and enjoy a good baseball game. Respect is key no matter what team you cheer on...

Come on Dodger owners step up your game with security, the police academy is right there....

Also not all Dodger Fans are like this. It always takes one idiot ( or 2) to make everyone think we are this way... NOT COOL

 
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