In the wake of a savage beating outside Dodger Stadium last week that left a Giants fan in a coma, interim police Chief Jeff Godown said Monday he may staff more cops at AT&T Park when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town for a three-game series next week.
On Monday, Santa Cruz resident Bryan Stow remained in a medically induced coma for brain injuries at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two was beaten unconscious by two men outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day on Thursday.
The suspects remained at large Monday. A reward for information leading to their arrest has increased to $50,000 after contributions from both the Dodgers and the Giants.
A Los Angeles police detective told the Los Angeles Times one of the thugs might have fled with a 10-year-old boy after the attack.
The beating appeared to have done more to unite than divide backers of the rival teams, with fans, politicians and baseball officials across the state condemning the act.
Still, there may be more cops at AT&T Park when the Dodgers are there next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
As of Monday, there was no indication of planned retaliatory attacks, Godown said.
“We might have some additional uniform resources ... [but] we’re still looking at how many,” Godown said. “The security at AT&T Park is always very good. The Giants fans are always very good.”
In light of the attack, Giants officials have been re-evaluating security procedures at the park, spokeswoman Shana Daum said.
“This whole thing is tragic, it’s really sad,” Daum said. “We’re going to do all we can to prevent it from happening.”
Incidents between the rival teams are hard to avoid, but none in the past could top the viciousness of Thursday’s beating, team officials and police say.
One reason there might be few violent incidents in The City is that there is less tailgating at AT&T Park than other ballparks, which means less alcohol-fueled rage, police spokesman Troy Dangerfield said.
“AT&T has more of a family atmosphere,” he said. “At our park, people come, see the game, and go.”
Stow’s friends and family started a Facebook page, blog and fund to help pay his medical bills and to update well-wishers on his condition. Thousands of fans representing both the Dodgers and Giants expressed sympathy to the family on Facebook.
“Please KNOW that 99% of LA Natives are, to say the least disgusted with these maggots who hurt you,” said one post from Facebook member Tammy Swaim Hubbard.
The Giants have moved the start time for Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals back an hour to 7:05 p.m.
The home-opening series will begin at 12:45 p.m. Friday with a ceremony for the raising of the World Series flag. First pitch will be at 1:35 p.m.
On Saturday, the World Series ring ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m., with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
On Sunday, Buster Posey will be recognized as Rookie of the Year in a ceremony, with first pitch following at 1:05 p.m. — Staff report