Bochy surprised Giants fan’s attackers still free
Nearly seven weeks after a Giants fan was severely beaten at
Dodger Stadium on opening day, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy
can’t believe the culprits haven’t been caught.
Before the Giants opened a two-game series against Los Angeles
on Wednesday in the defending champions’ first visit to the
venerable stadium since the beating, Bochy shared the bewilderment
felt by both teams, most fans and even the police since the brutal
postgame attack on Bryan Stow in a parking lot.
”I am surprised, because there were a number of witnesses,”
Bochy said. ”In this time, with the video equipment and the
availability of telephones and cameras and the information that
you’d think we can get, I am very surprised that they haven’t
Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, transferred
Monday to a San Francisco hospital. He has opened his eyes after
coming out of a coma, but still faces a lengthy, uncertain
Before their clubs’ brief series began in a half-empty stadium,
Bochy and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the beating has cast
an undeniable pall over the West Coast’s liveliest baseball
”It affected us, to have one of our fans have this happen to
him,” Bochy said. ”He’s a father with a family, and he comes out
to watch a ballgame. It’s tough to see that happen at a ballpark.
This is a game. I’m not going to lie. It bothered everybody, and
not just us.”
Los Angeles police have devoted extensive personnel and time to
finding the two men in Dodgers gear who jumped Stow on March 31,
with more than a dozen detectives working the case. They’ve pursued
hundreds of leads on the attackers and the woman who apparently
helped them escape the stadium, offering more than $200,000 in
rewards for information.
The Dodgers’ security presence was beefed up after the beating,
with former Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton hired to
assess security procedures. Dozens of police cars are parked
outside the stadium nightly, and police said they planned to
distribute sketches of the attackers to fans arriving for
But the police and security are watching a dwindling number of
fans, thanks to the Dodgers’ mediocre start to the season:
thousands of empty seats were visible in the cavernous stadium when
Clayton Kershaw threw the first pitch. Not even the Giants’
presence attracted a healthy crowd.
”I think all these guys enjoy the rivalry,” Mattingly said.
”We like playing in San Francisco, and I’m sure they like playing
us here. It’s nice when there’s energy in the stadium and you get a
little bit of that talking trash back and forth in the stands, but
there needs to be some perspective. I don’t care if you’re in L.A.
or San Francisco. I don’t think anybody thinks (too much animosity)
is all right.”
The Dodgers set up booths behind home plate and on several fan
pavilions to accept donations to the Bryan Stow Fund, also
soliciting for aid money on the scoreboard before the game.
The teams did much of their own healing in early April when the
Dodgers visited the Giants’ waterfront ballpark. Players from both
clubs spoke to San Francisco’s fans before the series opener about
tolerance and sportsmanship amid a similarly heightened police
For all the conciliatory talk, Bochy said there’s still an
uneasy vibe to the rivalry.
”You certainly think about it, and you think about your players
as they’re leaving the ballpark,” Bochy said. ”I know that after
the incident, security was tightened up, but there is that hanging
over you. When you leave the ballpark, you’ve got to be aware of
anything that could happen outside the ballpark.”