Dodgers open letter regarding security at Dodger Stadium

To whom it May concern:

My name is Michael J. As one of the most joyful experiences of my childhood. Aside from Mike Piazza’s trade and Fox ownership which has been personally indifferent and rude to me, I’ve been a fan of Dodgers for the vast majority of my life. Ironically, my family also went to the Los Angeles Raiders/Denver Broncos game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. I don’t think I was terrified or confused about anything in my childhood. Needless to say, I never went back to a professional football match.

I currently have two jobs. I am a day to day transactional attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area and I am a paid contributor to True Blue LA where I write about various things, most notably now the actual travel reporter for True Blue LA, where I am currently writing the Travelogue series where I make recommendations to Dodger fans visiting other cities .

Prior to this appointment as a writer at True Blue LA, as a fan and for the price of my cent, I traveled to 31 games in 2021 in thirteen different cities (including NLDS Game 2 in San Francisco), while advocating for a COVID vaccine. I admit I tried in vain on multiple occasions to get the team’s attention during my pursuits, but I had the adventure of my life in 2021.

In the end, I cannot stress enough how much I did not want to write this letter.

However, I’ve noticed a pattern of behavior in the past couple of weeks at Dodger Stadium and have been deeply troubled by the culture of rioting that seems to surround wishers, both on the road and at Dodger Stadium due to fights that seem to be going out with security nowhere to be found. While I cannot and will not expect you to control the behavior of others while on the road, I don’t think it’s an unreasonable expectation that we shouldn’t expect to fight at home at Dodger Stadium.

I fully acknowledge that you cannot stop people from acting stupid, especially if they are served alcohol. I fully admit that the Dodgers cannot prevent a fight from happening in the stands, especially far from Dodger Stadium. Truthfully, there are those who claim to be fans who wear our team’s colors and decide to make a scene for themselves.

This Tweet is incorrect in its rating – the registered person is not a Dodger fan; Honestly, it’s a donkey to tease two different fans in a game that the Dodgers are not involved in or involved in in any way. I wish I could say this tweet was the only instance I was aware of so called Dodger fans starting fights. But unfortunately I came across a common theme in my travels: Whenever I saw combat it was with so-called Dodger fans confusing it with people on the road. for example:

And you would think that this attitude given from last year’s rivalry game at Anaheim is an isolated incident on a different court, and for the most part you’d be right. But when violence erupts near the Home Run seats at Dodger Stadium, which is supposed to be a premium seating experience, that to me is a sign of something completely unacceptable.

A fight broke out at the Home Run benches. September 15, 2021.
Michael Elizondo / TrueBlue LA

I didn’t go back to Dodger Stadium in 2022. Partially because I honestly have a problem with ticket prices and my belief that the team is pricing most fans, but that’s a topic for another message, but mostly because my travels haven’t taken me back to LA. But as I work on my entry into Los Angeles, imagine my dismay when two separate incidents occur in the immediate vicinity of Dodger Stadium, on the stadium property, within a week of each other:

From what I can tell, this incident occurred on May 1, 2022 right in front of the new Center Arena at Dodger Stadium, as evidenced by the Dodger Stadium Speed ​​Show. After four days:

I’ll give Dodger Stadium security credit in this video because they appear at least in this incident in the video. There is a hateful component to the Dodger fan base, one that is prone to violence and drinking and generally makes all true fans look bad. It’s been a long time since we said enough is enough.

Beating Bryan Stow is a black mark on the franchise that should never have happened, and could never repeat itself. A jury in 2011 found the Dodgers responsible for negligence in their security setup on the day Brian Stowe was beaten nearly to death. I am writing to inform you and perhaps ashamed you to do better, if not because it was the right thing to do but to remind you of your previous adverse judgment.

Admittedly, I am a great individual. And if I had a dollar for every time on the road people were initially hesitant to interact with me, because profiling is a thing, I had enough to get a decent ticket at Dodger Stadium. If we don’t take care of our home, this pest will persist on our fan base.

in St. Louis. September 10, 2021.
Michael Elizondo / TrueBlue LA

I ask you to do better. I do not speak for anyone in authority. I have this little podium and have been brought up that if you see an injustice and are silent, you are complicit in its persistence. But you are probably not aware of all these incidents, and then I think that should point to them, and I would ask you to do better.

Thank you for all of your attention and interest. stay well.

With Regards

S / Michael J. Elizondo

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