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26Oct/12Off

Brian Stow Attends World Series

Last year, he went to see his beloved Giants take on the Dodgers for opening day at Dodger Stadium. The Giants lost that game and so did Brian Stow. His life changed forever when a group of thugs savagely beat him.

Although Stow, who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium last year, attended Game 2 of the World Series, his family said he wanted to watch in private and asked that there be no public ceremony.

English: View of Dodger Stadium over the home ...

English: View of Dodger Stadium over the home team bullpen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday night’s game between the Giants and the Tigers in San Francisco is believed to be the first baseball game Stow has attended since the 2011 opening day assault.

Stow, a former paramedic and a father of two, suffered serious head trauma when he was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the opening day game between the Dodgers and Giants in 2011.

Two suspects, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, have been ordered to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included dramatic testimony from witnesses. Among other things, the witnesses recalled the chilling moment when Stow’s skull hit the pavement, and there was a recording of Norwood admitting to his mother that he was “involved” in the beating.

Stow’s family said his recovery has been up and down. The most recent post on the family blog, dated October 9, said: “As always, there are good days and not so good days.”

“His memory is very unpredictable and we don’t know what he will remember and what he won’t,” the family said. “We imagine that this is something that will be a part of his recovery for a long time.”

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22Aug/12Off

Dodger Stadium’s Traffic Nightmare

The San Francisco Giants got a lucky break on Tuesday night when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on their own turf. Thankfully, no one got hurt.

It’s a night of wondrous Dodger Stadium sights, with Fernando Valenzuela on a bobblehead, Don Newcombe taking a bow, and fans booing the San Francisco Giants.

Think Blue sign in the mountains north of Dodg...

Think Blue sign in the mountains north of Dodger Stadium, a homage to the nearby Hollywood Sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I’m blinded by another Dodgers tradition.

Headlights. They are glowing from beyond the right-field pavilion, in a long line of cars entering the stadium, in clear sight from my press-box chair. They are no different from the headlights that snake into any major league stadium on any summer night, with one blue twist.

It is the top of the fourth inning. Yes, it is the top of the fourth inning and there is still a line of cars trying to park, folks attempting to go to a baseball game that will be halfway finished by the time they find their seats.

That’s crazy. That’s unacceptable. That’s been happening forever here, and it’s still wrong.

You can blame Tuesday night’s jam on fans who were foolish enough to leave late for a legend’s bobblehead night that was a certain sellout, but how does that explain the mess once they arrived in the parking lot? Are Dodgers entrances and parking so bad that even if you blow off three innings, you are still stuck in traffic?

The lights finally disappeared in the bottom of the fourth inning. By the time those fans saw the scoreboard, the game had essentially already been decided, the Giants leading 4-0 en route to a 4-1 victory. Those fans were so late, in fact, their headlights had already been replaced by some taillights from people leaving.

Once again, the worst sporting experience in this town is driving into — and out of — a Dodgers game that fills a 56,000-seat stadium that is baseball’s biggest and most unmanageable. Tuesday was the Dodgers’ 10th sellout this season, which is 10 traffic nightmares too many.

Even when you put on your big-game face, you get burned.

Just ask Michael Roberts, a Dodgers fan from Orange who knew Tuesday’s game would be a sellout and arrived at the Dodger Stadium freeway offramp more than an hour before the first pitch.

“And traffic was at a complete standstill,” he said.

“For a half-hour, we didn’t move.”

Roberts sat outside the stadium for 1 hour 15 minutes — he counted — before finding his seat. It took him longer to travel from the 110 Freeway into Chavez Ravine than it did from Orange to downtown.

“If it’s going to take you two hours to get in and out of the stadium, sure, it might just be easier to stay home,” said Roberts.

The Dodgers have won a surprising number of games while spending a stunning amount of money this summer, but none of that will fix their still-smarting public perception if they don’t fix the gridlock, and they know it.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience that fans may have experienced, and we are working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the MTA and the LAPD to try to mitigate the traffic ingress to stadium, and egress as well,” said a Dodgers spokesman Tuesday night. “It’s a difficult situation because of where the stadium is located, when you have large crowds and that many cars. We’re working on it diligently and hopefully we can come up with a solution.”

It’s easy to blame the parking on the Dodgers’ owners, but we’ve been doing that for years and the parking still stinks. Don’t you think if there was a way to fix the unruly lots, they would have been fixed by now?

It’s also easy to blame the parking on the lack of roads leading into and out of Chavez Ravine, but now you’re talking about messing with the surrounding neighborhoods, and that’s already happened once up here.

There’s really only one answer, and it works not only for parking, but on a variety of levels.

The Dodgers need to shrink the stadium. Fewer fans, fewer cars. Shrink it by replacing a bunch of seats with patios and railings and the kinds of restaurants that are landmarks in other stadiums. Transform the mammoth into a more intimate creature that has been so popular in other cities.

Shrink it to also increase comfort, ambience and buzz.

Stan Kasten, the Dodgers president who recently visited the Miami Marlins’ new stadium as part of his research in remodeling his own park, agreed earlier Tuesday night that the building could stand to get smaller.

He didn’t mention parking as the reason, but that could end up being its best byproduct.

“We don’t think the stadium is too small,” he said. “We could lose seats and that would be fine. We haven’t talked about chopping off a deck, but move some rows out to put something else in there.”

He’s talking about perhaps blowing out some upper field-level seats and replacing them with an expanded concourse with railings. He’s talking about maybe trying the same thing in the outfield pavilion.

“I like all the things that new stadiums have … really wide concourses, a variety of concessions, the entertainment things that can appeal to fans when they get up and do their third-inning cruise,” Kasten said.

“The brilliance of Dodger Stadium is sightlines and spectacular backdrops, but modern fans expect more things.”

Like the ability to go from the stadium entrance to their seat in less time than it once took to play an entire game.

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