Dodger opening day fight cause for more dissapointment

Maybe disappointment, which is in my headline, is too soft a word to describe the anger, outrage and downright sorrow I felt about the fight that had occurred after the Dodgers’ opening day victory Thursday night.

Obviously, the incident is under investigation and police are asking the public’s help in trying to corral the thugs who apparently beat a couple of San Francisco Giant fans for no other reason than they were Giant fans. It’s always important to remember that more will be revealed as the investigation moves forward, but it’s just so sad.

Here’s the deal as we know it Friday night, a day after the incident. Opening day was marred by this violence when a San Francisco Giants fan was critically beaten in the stadium parking lot after the game. Los Angeles police are searching for the two Dodger fans in their 20s who were responsible for the brutal attack. Police say the man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game. Police also said the victim was one of three Giants fans who were attacked in the parking lot by the two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing. The unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m.

Now listen to this: One of the victims may already be in a medically induced coma and word is doctors my have to remove part of his skull to relieve swelling in the brain. I cannot even imagine such madness – all over a baseball game.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly seemed to say it best when he remarked, I’m paraphrasing of course: This is s game. A baseball game. That’s all this is.

The attack was witnessed by several bystanders. They need to come forward. Tell the cops what they saw. These assailants need to be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent under the law. Do I even need to say that. Shouldn’t that kind of cooperation just happen? You know the answer.

The Japanese, suffering one of the highest-magnitude earthquakes in recorded history followed by a tsunami of biblical proportions that has resulted in the loss of 10,000 or more of its residents, have weathered the crisis with dignity, respect for each other, and an unbridled commitment to the preservation of its community.

We can’t even get through a baseball game without idiots savagely beating people because they root for the opposing team. We should be ashamed of ourselves. All of us. I say all of us because it’s going to take all of us to stop it. And we must stop it.

You know, it’s late and I’m tired. But I know, way down in the deepest part of my being, that it requires all of us to make this work. Make no mistake about that. It requires all of us. Batter up!


About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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One Response to Dodger opening day fight cause for more dissapointment

  1. John says:

    Well put, Steve. And sadder still the man in the induced coma is a paramedic in the Bay Area. Spends his life helping people, only to have this happen. Ridiculous.

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