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Los Angeles, San Francisco city leaders condemn ballpark violence

Apr 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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There was a time from the late 60s through to about the mid-80s when going to the ballpark was an unpleasant and, at times, dangerous experience. Alcohol flowed too freely, security was lax and ticket prices were cheap enough to where people who weren’t particularly invested in baseball games for baseball games’ sake didn’t think twice about showing up, more interested in partying or raising hell than in following the action.  Sadly, Thursday night’s horrifying beating of a man outside of Dodger Stadium reminded us of that time.

As of this morning the victim of the attack, Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, remains in a medically-induced coma and his friends say that there has been no change in his condition. Meanwhile, in the wake of the attack, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and police chiefs from both cities issued a statement of condemnation and urged civility among fans:

“This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities. Once apprehended, the attackers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Public safety is the top priority for all of us, and even one act of random violence is unacceptable.

“Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime.

“The Giant/Dodger rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports, dating back to when the teams played across town in New York City before their moves to California. This is a great rivalry between teams competing on the field of play. That’s where it must stay.

“We call on our respective citizens to stand together in honor of that rivalry as you have done throughout the years. Root hard for your teams, and do so with civility and common decency.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, Bryan Stow, and his family. The best thing that we as a community of baseball fans can do to support Bryan and his family is to rise above this outrageous act and exercise good sportsmanship and mutual respect for each other.”

Perhaps more effective than the call for civility, however, is the fact that L.A. has issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers. Here’s hoping that it is righteously claimed, and soon.

  1. BC - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    More armed police or guards inside and outside the park. Cost of doing business. Someone pulls stuff like that, blow a hole in their leg or taze them, and the next guy will think twice about it if he knows what’s coming.

  2. 4d3fect - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    A public relations statement. Wow. Very effective.

    On a side not, but to me much more importantly, NO ONE in that crowd has come forward to ID the perps. Fear of reprisal? Typical left-coast carelessness in general?

    I’d decided not to return to DS more than a decade ago for my own reasons, and unfortunately my concerns at that time have been borne out by current events.

    You can’t guarantee your own family’s safety.

    Additionally, were some unfortunate incident to befall you, there wouldn’t be any human beings around to offer assistance.

    • citynative - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      What does this have to do with the “left-coast”?

      • seeingwhatsticks - Apr 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM

        Sounds like a typical “douche-coast” comment.

        Instead of spending $10k on a reward, how about spending $10k on extra cops so maybe this type of thing doesn’t happen? Oakland is about as poor and screwed up as a major city can be, and they used to blanket the coliseum with enough cops for $1 A’s games to make you think there was a UN peace keeping mission underway.

  3. APBA Guy - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    I don’t know about the “typical left-coast carelessness” remark. The poster child for this phenomenon is the Kitty Genovese story from New York in 1964, which coined the phrase “bystander effect” which turned out to be overblown in this specific instance, but common in general, regardless of which coast you live on.

    No question teams need to provide for more security in the parking lots. We’ve had a couple of fatalities at AT&T. Both perps were caught and convicted, in part from witness testimony.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Apr 4, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    This is some truly awful behavior, but it is not out of the ordinary. If this type of incident is worthy of national news than I can confidently say that the parking lots surrounding Philadelphia’s sports venues have produced dozens upon dozens of similar acts of violence that are seemingly swept under the rug. Leave it to media towns like LA or SF to run with a story that, quite frankly, has become the norm in this country.

    P.S.- A fight is a fight…1 man vs another…but why is everyone stomping each other’s heads in all the time?

    • cleverbob - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Is that right? Because it seams like writers drool at the opportunity to dig up the hackneyed old stories about Philly fans – snowballs, Santa, etc. – yet that stuff pales in comparison to this kind of behavior. Drunken violence is unwelcome anywhere.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      Considering that stuff that has happened in Philly is dredged up and dragged into the discussion every time something happens somewhere else—as you and multiple others have done here and in the previous post on this attack—I tend to think your assertion of stuff being swept under the rug is way off base.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM

        Okay—the multiple others are on the other post from this morning. My fault.

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