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2 men sought in Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan

Los Angeles police are searching for two men suspected of severely beating a San Francisco Giants fan after the Dodgers' home opener in the stadium parking lot.

Although the number of arrests in and around Dodger Stadium on Thursday night declined compared with the rowdy 2010 season debut, the assault left the 41-year-old fan hospitalized, with his condition improving to serious Friday, police said.

A Dodgers spokesman said the team is taking the incident seriously.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans. We're committed to having the most fan-and-family-friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority," said Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers vice president of communications. "We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation, and we wish this fan a speedy recovery."

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are looking for two Dodger fans in their 20s believed responsible for the brutal attack after the game.

"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game," said LAPD Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Division station.

He said the victim was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot by two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing. The unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when the two men approached three victims wearing Giants apparel.

The two men attacked the trio, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, Rosenberg said.

The incident was witnessed by several fans in the area, he said. The assailants then fled as people tried to assist the injured man, Rosenberg said.

Police said the incident was captured on a security video camera, and witnesses have provided details about the assailants, including a distinctive tattoo.

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

"It was much quieter this year than previous years," said Capt. Dave Lindsay.

Opening day this year saw 72 people arrested, he said. Most of those arrests were related to intoxication or illegal consumption of alcohol, Lindsay said.

Many of those arrests were done by cite and release with a court date, he said. In addition to those arrests, 48 citations were issued for various offenses, including traffic infractions.

But the number of overall arrests was markedly down from last year’s opening day, when 132 arrests were made, police said.

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-- Richard Winton

 
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Another reason to avoid being a fan and participant at any Doger game.You will not find that kind of low sportsmanship at an Angels game. For the 2 low lifes that did this senseless attack is as low as you can get, especially since the Dodgers won. Whenever the Angels have lost to a visiting team I have only witnessed Angels fans saying,"good game, we will beat you next time".The first and last time I was at a Dodger game there was a stabbing in the parking lot and that was in the 80's and I will never go back there.Not a good place to be if your a fan of the visitinf team.

This was after a game that they WON. How bad would it have been if they lost?

Make it 50 arrests and I'll fell better about it.

GQ should reconsider the "worst fans in all sports list" and place the Dodgers fans on top of all else. Throwing snowballs at Santa is nothing compared to beating up a rival fan in the parking lot.

I recall visiting Dodger stadium decades ago when it was safe for everyone. I guess all this progressive diversity has changed things though.

"Family Friendly" at Dodger Stadium? Not likely...

sad.

It's L.A.
Nothing surprising. Cretans.

This is exactly why I hate sports. People take it too seriously when sober, it gets to a point of ridiculousness when drunk.

All that rioting after Laker games also gets under my skin.

So, no description of the assailants other than "2 Dodger fans in their 20's"

Little help here, LA Tines?!?!?

"Many of those arrests were done by cite and release with a court date, he said. In addition to those arrests, 48 citations were issued for various offenses, including traffic infractions."

Do you mean "City" not "Cite"?

Isn't this a Season Opener ritual for Dodgers fans?

Last year with the new person in charge of security there were no out in the parking lot fights. This year with old person back in charge of security a fight breaks out...makes one wonder just how effective the decision to bring back old security was. This fan paid the price for lack of security in the parking lot...and the Dodgers organization will figure out a way to legal out of it. Too bad this man will have medical bills to pay and loss of time from work all because the Dodgers orginization wanted to save money. Or better yet they wanted to make money and continuously sold beer to people that were already drunk!!! ABC where were you in all of this? You cannot leave the Dodgers to police themselves it just isn't working.

How many times does it have to be said, Dodger Stadium resembles LA County Jail.. thugs.. what else is new

This should be a priority for the LAPD. The brutal and savage beating of a sports fan just because he had the opposing team's jersey on?? Are you kidding me? If this is the the type of impression we leave with opposing team's fans, we really don't deserve a football stadium, and a new NFL team. We can't even control the hooliganism at Dodger games. Everyone's sick of it. PLEASE CATCH THESE GUYS!!

Should be easy to find. Lighter shade of brown, shaved head, goatee, tattoos, wearing a Dodgers jersey. There can't be too many fine gents here in L.A. fitting that description.(crickets chirping)

Let's not speculate on the ethnicity of these assailants or the residency status of their parents. But I'll speculate that they're also Raider and TrOJan fans (not to be mistaken for Trojan alumni). Wink, wink.

""It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans. We're committed to having the most fan-and-family-friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority"

Really Josh? It seems to me that your priority is selling seats, beer and merchandise. Otherwise you wouldn't be in the position you are. I just wish the Dodger fans would stay in LA and not come down to SD to ruin our games too. I guarantee you that tens of thousands of Padre fans have had their nights ruined by the Dodgers fans that show up drunk and aggressive to our home games.

This is what happens when you let the cholos come out to play.

"But the number of overall arrests was markedly down from last year’s opening day, when 132 arrests were made, police said."

Just because the number of arrests were down, doesn't mean the hooliganism was.

Letting thugs skate for their various crimes solves nothing.

"Doyers" mentality. Probably too late but the owners should try and keep their club from becoming another "Raiders fan" type club. Who wants to take their family to a park with a bunch of thugs. Hope these thugs get heavy sentencing and are banned from the stadium for life."

L.A. has always had a lot of Hispanics, and because of that the Dodgers have had a lot of Mexican fans ever since they moved to Los Angeles. The way Dodgers fans differ from Raiders fans is that Dodgers fans only act this way towards Giants fans. Raiders fans will act this way towards any teams fans.

Why would anyone want to watch the Dodgers at Dodger stadium? Too many idiot fans that get drunk and want to fight, high parking prices, and overpriced food.

And they want to bring a NFL team to Los Angeles? Its the screwed up people that ruin it for everybody else that do not know how to compose themselves as civil human beings.

The Mexicans are naturally violent and need no reason to commit their violence. This is just one of the incidents that happen around the clock in Los Angeles. The police say they were at Dodger Stadium but this attack happened anyways as usual. The police are afraid of the Mexicans because their mayor protects the Mexicans. I wonder why. When will the Feds help us get rid of the violence? A death squad is appropiate in this case. Treat them like any disease and get rid of it. Breed them out of existance if necessary. We have had enough. We want to walk the streets, drive the roads, go to Disneyland, etc without the threat of the Mexicans and their hair trigger violence.

Real nice LA! Talk about poor sports!! I know it is a "few bad apples" but going to Dodger Stadium certainly has changed over the years. It's like the LA answer to what goes on at the Raiders home stadium in Oakland. It's become rowdy, hostile, and now clearly unsafe. So much for "the family venue" at Dodger Stadium. I guess ownership has their hands full with a divorce and fighting over mega bucks. Fan safety has taken a back seat to the almighty buck. I hope this critically injured man and his friends sue the Los Angeles Dodgers for millions. The only way they will learn is by paying the price. They need to provide a safe enviroment for all. It's not cheap to go to a baseball game anymore, then have your life nearly taken from you by some punks.

 
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