Thursday, April 07, 2011

There's a New Sheriff at Dodger Stadium

Ray Maytorena has come and gone, and Frank McCourt remained satisfied with Dodger Stadium security — until yesterday, when it turned out his disappointingly indecisive and sometimes contradictory statements...

  • "You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it’s just not going to change that random act of violence."
  • "One arrest is too many as far as I’m concerned. I've got zero tolerance for poor behavior."
  • "What I'm very, very satisfied with is that the people in the organization work extremely hard to provide a safe environment for our fans."

...did not hold water with, well, anybody. The resulting public backlash may or may not have led to the hiring of Bill Bratton's firm to consult on security measures at Dodger Stadium, but let's just say it didn't hurt.

The Dodgers also regained some credibility by kicking in $25,000 of the $100,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Bryan Stow's attackers.

But tempting as it is to make McCourt the main scapegoat in this tragedy, the ultimate responsibility comes back to us, the Dodger fans. Many people feel unsafe at Dodger Stadium, but the front office simply can't plug every security leak.

Sadly, those of us who care about not being dickheads are pretty much powerless against the troublemakers. (I'm guessing they don't read Sons of Steve Garvey.) You can try to be a hero at Dodger Stadium, but hopefully you won't have to — if Bratton does his job.


Kyle Baker said...

Spanky should be the next head of security.

rbnlaw said...

I'll second that emotion. I'd also close Lot 3. Nuthin but trouble out yonder.