Nobody should be physically attacked at a sporting event for any reason. And, it’s a shame that it took a man getting his skull thrashed for the national media to recognize that some fans are inhumane in markets other than Philadelphia. But, that’s just what the beating to Gary Stow, a Giants fan, has done.
The Dodgers and the LAPD are working toward amending their security plan so another asinine fan doesn’t violently attack another and tarnish the reputation of an entire fan base. And, they’re cranking up the heat in the Moronic Fan Watch standings.
But, more than the news of the new security measures that came out on Friday, were fans talking about the behavior of a minority at Dodgers games the last few years.
Among the lowlights:
Erick Gustafson, 43, said that his son was taunted so badly at a Dodgers-Cardinals game last year, that he left in the sixth inning for his son’s safety. The kid, 10, had bought his own Cardinals jersey with his money and simply wanted to cheer for his team.
Also, talk show host Tom Leykis hasn’t been to a game since October of 2009. He says a couple of fans recognized him and yelled obscenities at him and followed him around for eight innings. HDTV works for him, now. He also put up $50,000 to catch the thugs who beat Stow this year.
Of course, after hearing and reading about this for the last week, it amazes me that Dodgers fans didn’t even crack the Top 15 Worst fans list as cooked up by GQ’s lazy writers. Think they might want to rethink that list?