Columnist Blames Dodger Stadium Attack On Fan

By Marcus Vanderberg 

John Steigerwald is a moron.

Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you why he’s a moron.

The Observer-Reporter columnist wrote a piece on Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that’s in a coma after a vicious beating by two Dodger fans on Opening Day at Chavez Ravine.

Steigerwald blames Stow for getting attacked because he wore Giants’ gear to the game:

It’s probably safe to say that the two “Dodgers” were high on something or things, but somewhere in their sick, juvenile minds, they probably also thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans.They were protecting Dodger turf.

Just before he was beaten to within an inch of his life, Stow texted some friends and said that he was “scared inside the stadium.”

Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.

Remember when it was the kids who were wearing the team jerseys to games? It was a common sight to see an adult male coming through the turnstile dressed as a regular human being with a kid dressed in a “real” jersey holding his hand.


Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven’t grown up?

As a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, I was raised to root against the San Francisco Giants. But not even the biggest Dodger fans in the world would condone what happened in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.

Yes, the lack of security has been an issue at Dodger games, but why follow sports if you can’t root for your favorite team?

The Observer-Reporter should be embarrassed to publish such a column from Steigerwald. That’s something Giant and Dodger fans can both agree on.