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Extra security for Dodger vs. Giants in SF

Dodger Stadium is seen in this undated file photo.
April 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Dodgers and Giants re-new their rivalry Monday, and there will be extra security at the ballpark in San Francisco in the wake of the severe beating of a Giants fan at the Dodger's season opener.

After the opening game at Dodger Stadium, 42-year-old Giants fan Bryan Stow was brutally beaten in the parking lot by two men wearing Dodgers clothing. Monday the rival teams start a three game series in San Francisco. Threats and messages have been posted online, calling for retaliation against Dodger fans.

"I don't expect we will have trouble," said Giants fan Sam Perea. "I think we are more civilized than some of the people in Los Angeles."

"It is a rivalry," said Dodgers fan George Herrera. "I know how Dodgers fans can get. But I think right now, a lot of people feel bad about what happened."

A fan took some heat when she wore Dodger blue to a Giant's game Sunday.

"I've been told not to wear this," said Dodger fan Sue Meyer. "But I feel that's what the sport is all about. You wear who you are rooting for."

Uniformed officers will be stationed inside and outside the ballpark in San Francisco. And officials are monitoring social networking sites.

"There's a zero tolerance," said Giants Vice President of Security Jorge Costa. "And we know going into it, there is a percentage of people who are not interested in the game, or are here for their own objectives that are irrelevant of the game. And there is no room for that."

Stow remains in a medically induced coma. The Giants will honor him during Monday's game. Stow's family has launched a website, where many Dodgers fans have posted get well wishes.

"A sense of calm should be at every event when it comes to sports, absolutely," said baseball fan Dino Geller. "It's supposed to be a place where a guy can take his kids. This guy is in the hospital now."

In Los Angeles, a proposal to sell beer at half price at several midweek Dodger games could soon be off the table.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck believes alcohol consumption contributed to fan misbehavior.

Last week, Beck announced a litany of strict security measures, saying there will be a zero-tolerance policy for misbehaving fans.

Local emergency workers are also joining together to help fellow paramedic Stow and his family. They have set up a fundraiser for Monday. EMT's and paramedics will be collecting donations outside Dodger Stadium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is going to be a drive up fundraiser, and organizer say that every bit helps.

Meantime, authorities are still searching for Stow's attackers and are offering a $150,000 reward. If you have any information about the suspects, you're urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at 1 (877) LAPD-24-7 or 1 (877) 527-3247.


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