S.F. Giants and L.A. Dodgers Plead for Peace Among Fans
It was an unprecedented moment in the history of Major League Baseball as rival teams take the field and hang their heads together in honor of a man whose passion for the game nearly cost him his life, for reasons that are still hard to believe.
The game announcer opened the evening by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we dedicate this game to Bryan Stow."
Die hard San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow remains in a coma today, nearly two weeks after he was attacked outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for wearing his Giants shirt to the ballgame.
The attackers remain at large, and when the Dodgers came to play in San Francisco Monday night, security was beefed up in anticipation of the worst.
The ballplayers themselves came up with a way to prevent violence. Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt choked back tears as he reminded the fans that baseball is, after all, just a game.
"We want to thank you all for your support and generosity for Bryan and his family during this time of need. We play with a ton of competition and we're fierce competitors, but when the last out is made, that rivalry ends on the field. So please respect that, and in your excitement or in your frustration don't take it out on another fan if you don't agree with who they cheer for," said Affeldt.
Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll was equally passionate about the senseless attack on Stow, a devoted paramedic who dedicated his life to saving lives.
"There's no room in this game for hatred and violence. This is America's national pastime. Let's keep it that way," said Carroll.