A special undercover squad of San Francisco police officers will be deployed at AT&T Park this week dressed in Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys in an effort stem any violence between fans of the two heated rivals, Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday.
Flanked by officers wearing the Dodgers jerseys, Lee said the goal was to prevent a repeat of the violence that left Giants fanBryan Stow with severe brain injuries and two Dodgers fans facing possible prison sentences.
Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood have been ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles on felony assault and mayhem charges stemming from an attack on Stow in the parking lot of Dodger stadium last year.
“Baseball season is upon us and the rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers is as hot as it has ever been,” said Lee at a morning news conference. “We have all watch over the year the horrible incident that happened to Bryan Stow…We want to do everything possible … to make our city… safe.”
“Out of respect for the sports rivalry we want to make sure there isn’t anyone out there (at the ball park) intent on doing harm so our officers will be dressed in Dodger gear… They will be there incognito, blending in with the various fans to make sure there are additional eyes and ears in the stands.”
Lee said the rivalry belonged “only on the sports field…We will be intolerant of any level of violence.”
The two long-time rivals open a three-game series in San Francisco Monday night with the Dodgers coming in with a three-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings.