I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. I cheered for Manny Ramirez when he played here. I think Clayton Kershaw has a chance to be one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. I would give ten years of my own life to hear Vin Scully call another three years of Dodgers baseball.
I’ve lived through NewsCorp owning my team. I’m coping with the divorce of the current owners and watching it affect the Dodgers’ decision-making. And, two words, Andruw Jones.
But what happened to Bryan Stow was a low point. Stow is a Giants fan and wore his Giants jersey to Dodgers Stadium. For this offense, he was beaten by two Dodgers fans. He’s currently suffering from brain damage and is, last I saw, in a medically-induced coma.
It is an embarrassment to all Dodgers fans (and, as Dodgers FYI said in an expletive-laden blog post, to owner Frank McCourt). But John Steigerwald decided that Stow was at fault for getting beaten to within an inch of his life.
Oh, and he can’t even get Stow’s name right.
Maybe someone can ask Snow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.
Remember when it was the kids who were wearing the team jerseys to games? It was a common sight to see an adult male coming through the turnstile dressed as a regular human being with a kid dressed in a “real” jersey holding his hand.
Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven’t grown up?
This comes on the heals of the Dodgers raising $61,000 for Stow’s medical bills and the Dodgers and Giants coming together for a pre-game message before the two teams resumed their rivalry in San Francisco on Monday.
It is amazing that Steigerwald could write such a horrible piece and even more horrible that he couldn’t be bothered enough to get the victim’s name right.