[Update] Dodgers fan stabbed to death in fight between rival fans outside AT&T Park, please stop this

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After yesterday’s game between the Dodgers and the Giants, a Dodger fan was stabbed to death outside of AT&T Park, according to San Francisco Police.

A man wearing Dodgers gear was stabbed to death when a fight broke out between rival fans just after a San Francisco Giants baseball game near AT&T Park late Wednesday night.

San Francisco Police said a confrontation between two groups of men following a Dodgers and Giants game broke out near the intersection of Third and Harrison streets about 11:40 p.m.

The man was walking away from the stadium with his father and brother when a verbal disagreement led to a physical confrontation involving a knife, police said.

The man was stabbed during the fight and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Three people were taken into custody in the area, and police were continuing to interview witnesses.

I hope they’re wrong and this was just a random thing, but they seem awful sure this was sports rivalry related, which is … please stop.

I don’t know the circumstances of how this got started or why it led to stabbing — and I don’t particularly care because some human messed up at some point regardless — but after the Bryan Stow attack at Dodger Stadium a couple years ago, this is honestly the last thing this sports rivalry needed.

And that’s what it is, it’s sports. IT’S ENTERTAINMENT.

And no, if you’re a Dodgers fan, you don’t get to go around saying dumb shit about Giants fans being thugs or whatever other BS just because you got trolled by whoever a couple years ago. Be above that and stop being the dipshit that you hated back then.

Honestly, this kind of stuff is exactly why I take my stance that this game is just entertainment and we should just stick to being entertained. Because when people moralize about shit, they start to make this more than a game, and then they take shit PERSONALLY. Somewhere in there, people also lose track of the fact that they’re arguing over a jersey color, a cap logo, or some other asinine crap like that.

This is an extremely sad event and it should never happen, much less over sports. I’m honestly not sure what I can say other than to encourage everybody to remember that whatever is said or whatever is done in regards to baseball is such a minor, pointless thing in the grand scope of things. I doubt anybody reading this or following on Twitter is dumb enough to lose their minds over a baseball game, but I have no idea what else to write at this point.

It’s just sad.

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[Updated]

San Francisco Police have made an arrest:

San Francisco police confirmed Thursday evening that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan the night before.

Michael Montgomery of Lodi was in custody and would be charged in the slaying of Jonathan Denver, 24, San Francisco police said. No further details were immediately available.

They also confirmed it was Dodgers/Giants related.

“There was a back-and-forth about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, which deteriorated into a physical fight,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

There were were no serious physical injuries during the first round, but then a second fight erupted, although it was “unclear who followed who,” Suhr said.

That fight involved “two or three people” from the victim’s group and “four or five” from the other group, Suhr said, and ended when Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, realized that he had been stabbed.

Denver died at San Francisco General Hospital, officials said.

The attackers fled, police said. Two were taken into custody a few blocks away.

The Dodgers and Giants both released statements:

The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards.

There is no rational explanation for this senseless act which resulted in Jonathan’s death. The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable. Words are not enough to describe our sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time.

We were deeply saddened to learn of last night’s horrific incident that occurred several blocks from the ballpark and resulted in the tragic death of 24-year old Jonathan Denver. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

While details are still emerging, we want to be clear that there is absolutely no place in our community for this type of senseless violence.

The Giants are working with the San Francisco Police Department to step up enforcement in and around the ballpark tonight and throughout the rest of this final home stand. We will also observe a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Denver before tonight’s game.

Don Mattingly gets the point across:

“I think it should be all people, all fans,” he said. “It’s a game, you know? Leave it on the field.”

Yup.

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