Last week a paramedic, who was thrilled to be off of work and travel to LA to go see his baseball team play, is now in the hospital fighting for his life.
He was innocently walking to his car when he was attacked by a couple of "rival fans" for no reason other then he was wearing the wrong hat. Police said the two attackers began taunting three men in Giants gear with expletives as thousands of baseball fans left the stadium last Thursday night. The Giants fans did nothing but walk faster towards their cars and the attackers ran after them, caught one and beat and kicked him brutally with other people watching.
"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," the team said in a statement. "We're committed to having the most fan and family friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority."
That is the idea but stadiums are becoming less safe every year. Many incidents have been reported during football games where fans get drunk, let their repressed anger out and hurt other fans and even throw glass bottles and more at players.
How do we get back to feeling safe to take our loved ones to see the team they revere? What is this teaching our kids?
I know that most of us deal with a tremendous amount of stress due to lifestyle demands. Dr. Pamela Peeke of the University of Maryland says, "The human body was never meant to deal with prolonged chronic stress. We weren't meant to drag around bad memories, anxieties, and frustrations."
Well, that's exactly what we are doing and it seems like stadiums are becoming a place where that repressed stress, liberated through an unlimited amount of beer, causes violence to erupt. Do we create a system that somehow limits how much beer one can buy? (I know that is hard to control) Will we have to have people psychologically tested before they can buy a ticket? (Ridiculous of course) Do we need armed forces patrolling the parking lots and stadiums? (More likely) On all levels sports fans need to get a life, find ways to express their anger in safe environments with a counselor and not let it all out on Saturday night or Sunday at the stadium. What happened to the concept of sportsmanship? Help!