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

As police searched for a group of Dodgers fans who allegedly beat a Giants fan, officials said about 25 people were arrested for various infractions during Thursday's opening day festivities at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg said most of the 25 arrests were related to intoxication due to the consumption of too much alcohol. The number of overall arrests was markedly down from last year’s opening day, when 132 arrests were made.

Because Dodgers opening day is known for its heavy drinking, rowdy crowds, the LAPD was out in full force at Thursday’s game to try to avoid a repeat of unruly behavior of past years.

The most serious incident occurred after the game when a Giants fan was beaten.

"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game,'' said LAPD 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 two 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 with 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.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers fans lineup outside Dodger Stadium before their Opening Day MLB National League baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, California March 31, 2011. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters

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What is going on down there? The Giants should refuse to play there if the Dodger "fans" act like this. If you want to play the Giants come to AT&T where you can wear a Dodgers cap without having your life in danger.

Dodger Stadium is Thugville! I stopped going there for years... fans have no class!!

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.

Born and raised in San Diego I have always been a Padre fan and enjoyed the rivalry with Los Angeles and San Francisco. I used to attend games years ago after I moved to LA but no longer do. The violence and general acrimony of the fans at Dodger Stadium and at most LA sporting events has caused to me stay away.


I wish I could say I am surprised. A few years ago, some Dodger fans were taunting a Giants fan at a game here in LA. Security kicked the Dodger fans out of the stadium, but security didn't make sure they left the parking area. The Dodger fans waited in the parking lot for the game to end. Then they attacked and killed the Giant fan they were accused of taunting. Stay classy Los Angeles.

The fact that the arrest count was down to 25 from the 132 the year before only shows the LAPD was being lazy.

Just more evidence that California professional sporting events have recently diminished into nothing but Hispanic gang wars.. I've been to countless Raider's, Niner's, Dodger's, Angel's, Giant's, A's, Charger's games in both Northern and Southern California over the years.. Now people are far more concerned with pummeling or stabbing a guy wearing another jersey than the actual game being played. If you visit these stadiums you will find yourself wondering if you are at a sporting event or on the yard in San Quentin.. The classy diehards and families are gone -- now replaced with groups of boozed up gangbangers 15 to 20 guys deep, roaming around stadiums and parking lots looking to beatdown rival gangs or "fans".. The majority of people wearing team gear now in Cali aren't actual sports fans -- but gangbangers using team colors and logos to promote their set and call out rivals..

One more reason to start supporting the other LA baseball team...


stay classy L.A.

Interesting. I wonder if Dodger stadium might enforce a no alcohol policy for opening day any time soon...dont think so but still worth thinking about? HUMMMmmmmmmmmmmm

Alcohol + Sport Fans + State Rivals, doesnt always equal , "lets sit around the fire place and hug each other", outcomes.


"Because Dodgers opening day is known for its heavy drinking, rowdy crowds, the LAPD was out in full force" We have this to look forward to now every year, wonderful. Another reason to hate the organization I once loved. They make sure you don't drink or hang out in the parking lot but once the game ends your on your own.

Dodger OD, stabbings and multiple fights at Trojan/Bruins games at the Rose Bowl of all places, riots and vandalism whenever the Lakers win a Championship. Sorry to say but our City of Angels has become a city of idiots and scum because a small minority of "fans" don't know how to control themselves, their drinking or their friends. LA isn't my Lady no more.

Just one more instance of the increased incivility that permeates our society.

Can't even go to a baseball game without getting mugged.

Add this to the following: Police patrols inside out schools -- We can't leave our churches open to the public for fear of vandalism -- Women can no longer go into a shopping mall without the fear of being molested and robbed -- We have to 'lock up' everything every time we leave our homes -- We can no longer leave the keys in our cars (yes, young folks, at one time we did that) lest it is stolen.

The list is endless.

It totally disgusts an old man like me (80).

You cannot say it was unprovoked if you were not there. Of course these stupid Giants fans are always going to say it was unprovoked. I have been a Dodger fan throughout my life and I know for a fact it is always provoked. Giants fans were probably mocking Dodger fans about them just winning the championship last year. Thats a provocation right there. Dodger fans or any fans of any team whose team gets mocked by the rival fans will always take it personal.

What kind of journalism is this? Who committed these crimes? Why aren't they named? Violence at the Lakers, the Dodgers, and we want a football team? What are these sports organizations doing about this? Once, it was nice to go to a baseball game. I don't go anymore because of the problems I have witnessed there in the past. Do some investigating! Who are the people that create these problems. Embarrass them, if that's possible!

In the past few years there have been beatings, stabbings and shootings in and around LA stadiums hosting professional and college sporting events. Even a riot or two after championships.

When is the LA City council going to establish a task force to investigate?
When is Zev Yaroslavsky going to call for a "sporting event moratorium"?

The organizers of the Electric Daisy Carnival should sue under the equal protection clause as there is an obvious double standard at work here.

Oh yeah gotta love it when baseball becomes a contact sport. Shows you what our Country has become and what type of people now attend our sporting events.

thats my dodgers !!!

IT wasn't alcohol ... it was ciggarettes . As we all know , cigs cause more deaths than alcohol . They force you to beat people up , drive eratically and say/do things you wouldn't do if you weren't smoking . Thats why it's almost ILLEGAL to have a smoke but perfectly ok to have a drink .

It's sad yes, but all you people who assume this was gang related are showing your ignorance ... I attend games where Dodger fans have to put up with verbal abuse from Giants fans as they feel protected by ushers who are quick to throw out a loyal fan in a heart beat but won't address the drunken Giant fan sporting his shirt and talking trash .... something tells me 3 Giant fans found more than they bargained for in 2 Dodger fans ...

You stay classy Los Angeles.

Just another reason why I hate baseball now. Unruly fans that get drunk and act stupid. I haven't been to a game in almost twenty years because of people who act like this.

The so called fans who beat on the Giants fan have a problem and don't represent true Dodger fans.Why do they sell alcohol at Dodger stadium? These so called fans are not fans of professional baseball. They are simply punks who have no life ! It's that simple.

I am shock at this display of violence - because baseball is a yawner.
The idea of being a Dodger fan (or a Giant fan) is bit hard for me to grasp.

Nice... another day at the ballpark...

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