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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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This is exactly why I refuse to bring my children to a Dodger game. I like the Dodgers and their rich baseball history, but will not go to a game with my family. Not until the Dodgers start taking the safety of the fans more seriously. The security there is horrible, even though there are quite a few of my fellow police officers that work there off duty. The security should be supplemented by LAPD on duty officers. There are far to many gang members and thugs there. So the Dodgers will continue suffer. Lets go Frankie, get it right.

I remember the Andy Pafko, Peanuts Lowery, Billy Shuster, Eddie Mayo, Eddie Waitkus, Jigger Statz, et al, era. Those were the days when a day or night of baseball in Los Angeles was one of enjoyment, and one which would make you look forward to the next one.
Wrigley Field, on 42nd and Avalon, was a place where you never saw fights except on the diamond (and that involved dirt kicking on the umpires shoes by an angry ball player).
San Francisco, you will never near the joy that baseball was in good old L.A.

No wonder LA has no professional football teams.

"That's my Dodgers" is a completely ignorant statement. There is NEVER any excuse for violence! Does that mean that when the Dodgers come to SF, they should be attacked? Don't think so. You Dodgers should be ashamed of yourselves and I pray that all of the perpetrators get prosecuted to the fullest!!!!
By the way, The Giants are still the National League Champs!!!

This sort of thing never happens at Angel stadium, expect of course when the dodgers come and play there. in which case i do not go to those games. unreal with these ppl!

Oh no, we in Philly always hear about us being the worst fans. Throwing snowballs at an inebriated, skinny Santa Claus, booing home team players. Sure, that's why Cliff Lee turned down offers (of more money) from other teams to play at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay and Oswalt each wanted to play in front of some of the best fans in baseball. Dodger fans should be ashamed and I hope and pray the Giant fan gets better but it doesn't look good. I hope these Dodger idiot fans face the full extent of the law and are never allowed in a baseball field anywhere. I was at the Phillies/Mets game where there were plenty of Mets fans with Mets caps, maybe good natured banter, but nothing like what happened in LA.

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