When he isn’t stealing $140 million from the Dodgers to buy luxury homes and fund his laughably extravagant lifestyle or attempting to buy off his former bride with $200 million earmarked for the team, Frank McCourt is practicing the kind of public relations skills that undoubtedly led Sunday’s Giants-Dodgers game to be played in a somehow-empty Dodger stadium.
After the latest unspeakably violent crime perpetrated on an innocent baseball fan after a game at Dodger Stadium, McCourt had this to say about the now-comatose victim:
“It’s very, very unfair to take what was otherwise a fantastic day - everything from the weather to the result of the game to just the overall experience - and to have a few individuals mar that.”
That comment followed this official statement from the Dodgers a day earlier:
“It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans.”
Wonder who wrote the official statement.
An L.A. County Supervisor has stepped with a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the two criminals who beat Bryan Stow into a medically-induced coma for nothing other than being a Giants fan.(So far victim Stow has had part of his skull removed and may still need to have to have a portion of his brain removed to stem swelling.)
The Dodgers? Nothing.
Wait, McCourt did offer up this additional comment:
I’m very, very satisfied with is that the people in the organization work extremely hard to provide a safe environment for our fans.
In other words, there will be likely be no change to club’s security operation at Dodger Stadium.
That same McCourt-led operation has overseen the following:
- In 2009 a “reputed gang member” was charged with attempted murder for stabbing a man repeatedly outside Dodger Stadium after a Dodgers-Giants game.
- In 2005 three people were stabbed during a dispute outside Dodger Stadium following a Dodgers-Cardinals game. That incident “came weeks after the Dodger organization beefed up security to deal with other issues that have caused problems at the park this year: unruly fans and rising crime.”
- In 2003, a fan was murdered outside Dodger Stadium after a Dodgers-Giants game. The killer was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
In 2009 when 1,400 L.A.P.D. officers rounded up 46 members of the city’s most notorious latino gang, one guess what the staging area was for the pre-dawn operation?
I’m happy to report that the personal safety of baseball fans is now, thankfully, a non-issue at virtually every MLB ballpark.
Though it wasn’t always that way. Witness this scene at Yankee Stadium in 1976, which I watched live:
That’s Chris Chambliss fighting for his life after hitting an ALCS-winning home run against the Royals.
Hard to conceptualize such a scene at a MLB ballpark today.
Unless, of course, McCourt has been consigned your hometown 9.