As the regular season winds to an end, it is not the team’s lack of depth at the outfield position besides departing Hunter Pence or the fact the just one year after winning the World Series, the San Francisco Giants will finish at the bottom of the division.
No, it is the unnecessary death of a 24-year-old man, Jonathan Paul Denver, 24, of Ft. Bragg.
After the game on Wednesday, September 25th, at 11:30, two altercations between a family — who happened to be Dodgers fans — and a group who were out at nightclubs ended with a stabbing, a rush to the hospital, and a death.
San Jose Mercury News wrote a quality story investigating Denver’s life in Ft. Bragg as a plumbers apprentice, his family gathering to view a Giants-Dodgers game (his father was a long time Dodgers fan).
There is morbid irony that the fatal stabbing occurred during a series where tickets to each game contributed Bryan Stow Fund. Stow was the Giants fan stabbed at Dodger stadium in 2011; his injury caused brain damage but left Stow alive.
The sad truth is a baseball fan attended a Giants game and died on his way home. Even though it wasn’t apparently a fan in attendance of the game, it was a Giants fan who sparked this incident. Giants fans should make a consolidated effort to show their disgust for such an event.
“Obviously, this is one of the most storied rivalries in baseball. That said, and I’m a big Giants fan, there is no place at these games for violence,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said. “Nobody’s life should be at stake whether they are at the game, leaving the game, whether it’s six blocks away and an hour and a half after the game.”
The game of baseball is supposed to be a uniting force — America’s pastime — not a reason for knife fights. Giants fans should put away any animosity they have over the Giants-Dodgers rivalry for the remainder of this year.
Giants fans boast one of the best ballparks in baseball. Be hospitable, and be generous to fans of other team. Nobody should have to worry about their life when attending a sporting event. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Denver family.