Comatose Fan: Giants Offer Reward, Not Dodgers!

Earlier this week I brought you the appallingly insensitive reaction of Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt after a fan was beaten into a coma in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following a Dodgers-Giants game last week.


Since McCourt’s unbelievably tone deaf response, local media-fueled public outrage in Los Angeles has grown exponentially, so much so that McCourt is now scrambling to repair his image the damage.

After McCourt was verbally savaged by current L.A.P.D. Chief Charlie Beck at a press conference yesterday for his mishandling of yet another violent crime at Dodger Stadium, McCourt announced he’d hired former L.A. Police Chief William Bratton as a security consultant.

The move by McCourt was clearly a public relations ploy to align himself with the popular Bratton, only days after McCourt had indicated that he was essentially satisfied with his own ballpark security force.

But while McCourt was writing a check to Bratton in a transparent attempt to extricate himself from what is now an irreparable public relations disaster, the Giants had already committed a check to help the L.A.P.D. solve the unspeakable violence perpetrated on a fan outside Dodger Stadium!

KCOP-TV in Los Angeles reported Thursday: Read more…

McCourt Turns Back Clock On Blunt Force Trauma

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.

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. Read more…

SF’s $100M War on AT&T Park ‘Rotten Egg Stench’

As part of a $4.5 billion repair and replacement program for the entire San Francisco water system, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission reported in 2009 that it had been working “very closely with environmentalists” in encouraging local citizens and businesses to continue to install low-flow toilets.

Brian Wilson San Francisco Giants

($100M somehow doesn’t account for noxious fumes coming off that thing)

The push for low-flow toilets, which produce roughly 85% less water per flush than an industry-standard toilet, has actually been going on for decades in San Francisco. The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reported today that low-flow toilets now save the city around 20 million gallons of water per year.

That water savings smells like a huge win for environmentalists .. so long as you don’t inhale while in or around AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco.

The Chronicle reported today that ..

.. skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

$100 million? Got dayum.

Welp, at least local SF taxpayers are assured of saving the environment as their savings accounts are strip-mined by the city.

Oh .. no! From the Chronicle: Read more…

Audio: Los Angeles Mayor Cheering For SF Giants

While he was out campaigning for California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and Senatorial candidate Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles on Monday, second term L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa somehow thought it a good idea to encourage locals to support the San Francisco Giants in the World Series against the Texas Rangers.

Antonio Villaraigosa with McCourts

(Mayor rooting for Giants also noted by the L.A. Times today)

I just wrote that.

While at the Democrat’s rally in downtown L.A., Villaraigosa noted to a crowd of around 100 supporters that the Giants were in the World Series. The mayor of Los Angeles then said, “We’re all for San Francisco and California, right?Read more…

Perry Leads Journey Anthems At Giants Games

Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin‘ has become an in-game anthem for plenty of pro sports teams, including the San Francisco Giants. During Game 5 of the NLCS at AT&T Park, Journey frontman Steve Perry was seen in the stands leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of the tune.

Steve Perry sings at AT&T Park Don't Stop Believin' and Lights

But last night during Game 2 of the World Series, most likely because Perry already celebrated the song with the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox, the Giants switched things up. Read more…

Video: Belligerent Giants Fans Harass Reporters

We all enjoy a local TV news blooper or three on occasion, but there was nothing funny about a live shot featuring two FOX 35 reporters outside AT&T Park last night.

Fans Harass Shannon Hogan

(McCovey Cove: Security? Police? Hello?)

Belligerent (see drunk, high) San Francisco Giants fans harassed reporters Dave Alley and Shannon Hogan as they tried to do their on-air jobs from McCovey Cove - with no San Francisco security in sight.

From the raw video I was sent, the film was clearly shot by someone attempting to manufacture an ugly incident for their own publicity. With that in mind, I edited out much of the nastiness from the person behind the video.  Read more…

We Call That Prescription Medication In California

Wednesday during a live shot outside AT&T park in San Francisco, Dallas KXAS-TV reporter Newy Scruggs narc’d on some Giants fans taking a toke or six whilst tailgating.

Reporter notes SF Giants fans smoking weed

(Now let’s get a locals perspective from Rick Chandler)

Scruggs set the scene thusly (video below):

People are nice here, we’re not in New York. No one’s gonna be spitting on us. No one’s gonna come up and tell us we’re bad people. This is San Francisco. There’s people smokin’ weed over there; they don’t care! They want to see their team win, but they’re half buzzed out. They’re nice people. They look like fun people.

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Frisco Sidewalk Sign: ‘Josh Hamilton Drinks Free’

Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo Sports spots this sign outside a San Francisco bar before Game 1 of the World Series between San Francisco and the Texas Rangers.

Josh Hamilton Drinks Free Sign

(Next up: ‘Josh Hamilton is a quitter’?)

If you somehow don’t know by now, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers is a long-documented alcohol and substance abuser.

Having lived in Los Angeles now 11 years, I’m no Dodger fan - but being here has opened my eyes to the level of malevolence Giants fans are capable. When it comes to San Fran fans, especially in the context of the Dodgers, this is more typical than most people know.

ESPN Baseball Wizards Face Early Experation Date

From lovably smug Giants fan Rick Chandler:

ESPN picks Phillies

Guess it could’ve been worse, they could’ve all picked the Phils to win the World Series.

Wait for it .. WAT.

Can Criticism Of ESPN Go Too Far? Actually, Yes

Henry Schulman, who does a quality job as beat writer for the MLB Giants at SFGate.com, recently took a hefty swipe at ESPN for mocking Giants catcher Bengie Molina last week.

Bengie Molina Running To Chariots Of Fire On ESPN SportsCenter

During SportsCenter, ESPN showed the notoriously slow Molina slogging around the bases to the Chariots of Fire theme, as the anchors giggled in the background. Molina has since chimed in himself this week on his MLB.com blog, writing that ESPN’s depiction of him was, “hard to take.

I want to take Molina’s complaint seriously, but it was prompted by a Schulman piece that seemed driven as much by a general disdain for all things ESPN as it was critiquing SportsCenter’s so-called lack of respect for the Giants catcher.

The Schulman piece in question sets up the ESPN-Molina note with these grafs:

I took a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York this morning, so I got to watch ESPN’s morning “SportsCenter” at 10 o’clock. “SportsCenter” used to be a must-watch but now is more of a self-parody, with its New York/Boston view of the world and star idolatry (Favre, LeBron, Terrell, etc…). But I watch it because part of my job is staying informed.

Frankly, it’s getting harder for me to understand why anybody in the Bay Area ever would watch an episode of “SportsCenter” anymore. Anyone watching this morning probably retched.

When the Giants finished their sweep of Florida on Thursday night, they achieved the best record in the National League at 17-10. It took ESPN 40 minutes to show the Giants’ highlight, and here is what it consisted of:

Schulman then tags the piece with, “Next time I’m on JetBlue, I’ll just watch the Cartoon Network.”

By framing his ESPN criticism with those general, hyperbolic opinions about SportsCenter - and the entire sports network - Schulman reduces the credibility of his critique about the news program’s handling of Molina.

I’ve been constant critic of ESPN in the 10 years I’ve written this blog and spent nine years myself covering and traveling with MLB and minor league baseball clubs every single day throughout the season. I’ve been in clubhouses many times when players and managers went nuts over fair and unfair negative media coverage.

If it wasn’t for Schulman’s predisposed, pre-emptive piece about Molina on SportsCenter, I believe there’s a half-a-chance the catcher’s teammates would’ve had the same ESPN highlight playing in the clubhouse the next day - accompanied by howls of laughter. Read more…