The Associated Press reported that 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, a Dodgers fan wearing Dodgers apparel, was a part of a group of men who got into an altercation with another group of men several blocks away from AT&T Park. Denver was reportedly stabbed and pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital shortly after 11:30 PM.
Whether or not the stabbing offender was a Giants fan or that incident was caused by an argument over the two teams is unclear as of yet, but I can almost guarantee there was some sort of Dodgers-Giants rivalry involved in this feud.
This sad story comes almost two and a half years to the day of the attack of Giants fan, Bryan Stow, who was brutally beaten in Los Angeles. I am saddened to hear that the fans of the game which we love so much cannot respect the game or the teams they support enough to stop doing such immature, hateful and violent acts as this.
To each and every fan, please remember that baseball is a game – not World War III – which is to be enjoyed by all. By all means, root for your team and cheer them on, but stop lashing out at other fans for doing the same for their team. I understand a little bit of bickering back and forth, but verbal disagreements can quickly turn into physical confrontations and then someone is dead and someone else is in police custody. That is exactly how last night’s incident went down and no one’s life needs to be ruined or ended because of a game.
Respect the game. Respect each other. Stop the violence.