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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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I would not ever travel to CA or LA with the Gangs etc.
sorry your state is a hole

I've been going to Dodger Stadium for most my 48 years... dad got season tickets in '63 and kept em. The crowd has changed quite a bit in the past couple years.

In the 80's there used to be fights in the bleachers.. until they stopped selling beer.

In the 70's there was 'bat night' and everyone got a wood 36" bat. And they check for weapons at the door!

But now the demographic is much different. No tailgate policy is a joke as there are plenty of beer (and other) bottles in the lot after the game.

I give away our seats when the Yankees come to town, that team brings out the worse in people, even where I sit.

At $505 per game for 4 tix and parking, not many can afford the season ticket so what you get are the one-offs who try to spend another $500 on booze.

The team and owners will never really crack down, $11 beer makes them plenty of jack especially with all those empty seats on opening day. Most of the people around me were Dodger employees (they wear badges).

It's starting to remind me of when the Raiders played at the Colliseum

How much press will this get? Sport TV would roast the wire for days if it was in Philly. There ARE other cities and fans that act wrong other than Philly

"when two men in Dodgers clothing"
Well that narrows it down

Obviously, American baseball fans are no different from the European and Latin American soccer fans we so often lambast for similar behavior.

Professional sports is a giant waste of time, money and public resources. That this industry receives such huge public support (we are paying how much to prosecute Barry Bonds?) is criminal. Every night local news stations give free advertising to professional sports by covering sports scores and highlights. It's like devoting an entire segment to the release of the new iPad or something similar.

Professional sports means nothing and contributes little to society, and drains much.

If it was three females, would they have done the same? Unreal. Come on people, this is a baseball team. WTH? You beat up thee guys because of who they like and what they are wearing. The guy is in critical condition. If you were so fricken tough, why didn't you stick around? Not all Dodger fans represent these idiots. Giants fans would never do this...too much class.

You stay classy Los Angeles

Stop the sell of alcohol...............enough already!!!

Nice fans you've got there LA. It's unbelieveable how some people can still treat other human beings. You should be ashamed of yourselves and your fans.

Can't say I am surprised considering the small but very visible "bad-seed fan" that frequents Dodger Stadium. It is a baseball GAME and unfortunately these losers have made a bad name for all Dodger fans, deserved or not.

What a bunch of idiots. Not the Dodger fans I grew up with. Its just a reflection of the changing population of Los Angeles. I am sorry SF fan, please do not judge us all by his group of cowards.

unprovoked? The guy was wearing Giants garb...them is fighting words.

What a disgrace. There are way too many thugs at Dodgers games. It doesn't always feel safe at the Stadium, and that's without wearing Giants gear.

What a disgrace that these guys come down to LA to enjoy opening day of "America's Favorite Pastime" and have this happen to them. No wonder people from the Bay Area hate LA.

Barbarians. Who wants to got to games anymore, anyway? Couple player's strikes, the steroids scandal, the McCourts, horrendous parking, thug-life fans, unsafe stadium environment. Plenty of other things to do in this city.

I was at the game (nowhere near the assault) and saw dozens of Giants fans, none of which was being hassled in any way. You're literally talking about the 1% who are truly thugs of the 5% that are drunks. My only problem was the lines - I literally spent 3 innings getting two beers and 2 dogs for friends (of course, only a minority of the beer places sell dogs, and my buddy wanted corona specifically).

I hope they heal well, and hope these idiots face justice, either now or later.

That being said - I would be happy if the LA and dodger-bashers here just stayed home, and, when they visit, stuck to their hotel and theme park.

i suppose drunk neanderthals will behave like this anywhere you go...

i still laugh at the sight of a grown man wearing sports attire...

let it go already...time to dress like a grown-up...

wondering why the latimes will not print what origin the assailants were. if they were white or black we would have seen it in print. hmmm.

I am a middle-aged woman who was attacked at Dodger Stadium for the crime of wearing a Giants shirt while standing quietly in line between innings to pay for an over-priced cup of mediocre beer. A young man ran up to me and slugged me in the face with his closed fist while others in line laughed and cheered him on. The brave young man then ran off. I will never spend another dime at Dodger Stadium. Dodger fans are thugs and Dodger ownership cares only about the almighty $$$. Broken beer bottles litter the parking lots and drunken fools range freely. It's repulsive and encouraged by the brain dead sports announcers who speak of the "hated Giants" as if another team in the Division were the equivalent of Satan. Get a grip, get a life, grow up.

I would have never thought that after going to two Galaxy vs. Madrid/Barca soccer matches at the Rose Bowl with 90,000 plus fans and countless Angel/Dodger games at Chavez with 56,000 fans that my friends and I would feel much safer at the soccer match.

AA is quite short sighted here isnt he? What color is the sky in your world that "a few fans" are causing problems? And the rest of you make it seem like this is something new?
Do all of you live in Calabasas and Moreno Valley or something? Your "City of Angels" started crumbling back in the early 70's...and not a thing has been done to stop it.
God bless you all...but you need to heed the advice given to our friend Forest:RUN!!!

Obviously this is sick and wrong...but in terms of sports I want people to think about something....

Los Angeles fans have this bad stereotype for not being passionate, and i hate that steroeype....however....fans in Philadelhia and New York get all this credit for being passionate right?....now think about this.....

When stuff like this happens everyone knows its sick and wrong...however....if it happened in places like Philadelphila or New York , even though people know its sick and wrong, some might say things like "Oh well hey there passioante it in Philadelhipa or New York"....or...."Hey you know things like this happen cus they love there spots in places like Philadelhia and New York".......

But when things like this happen in Los Angeles....what do they say?......well read the other comments......they say things like......"Stay Classy Los Angeles"...or..."Its just Hispanic Gangs".....

im not saying its claassy...im not saying its not Hispanic Gangs....but the point im making is in terms of sports......how other citiers get different reactions....

I hope they find these thugs and put them away for a long time. I won't blame real Dodger fans. This is not about baseball. It's about thuggery.

first off, to Dan from San Diego, the Dodgers do not have a rivalry with the Padres, I love how Padres fans think that they do. Second, why is everyone saying L.A. is not classy? why is everyone so bent out of shape because there were a bunch of dunks and a few fights? Does everyone believe that this is not normal in Every Stadium across the nation??? gimme a break people.

Calm you fans down... It's gonna be a long season.

When I was a kid my dad would take me to Dodger games and see Fernando pitch! It was so fun. But this just sucks, man.

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