Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Urges Fans To Stand Together And Root For Teams With Civility

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opening day Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Urges Fans To Stand Together And Root For Teams With Civility

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Just days after the senseless violence that broke out after the L.A. vs. San Francisco opening game day, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a PSA assuring to baseball fans that it’s still safe to bring the whole family out to enjoy a ball game at Dodger Stadium.

He urges fans to root for their home teams with “civility and good sportsmanship” for the great national pastime in his new message to those weary to head out to a game.

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After a San Francisco fan was critically beaten after the opening game day against L.A., many baseball fans are concerned about the safety of Dodger Stadium, but L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is reassuring fans that it’s safe to bring the family out to a game. He along with San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Police Department interim chief Jeff Godown, Los Angeles Police Department chief Charlie Beck, San Francisco Giants managing partner Bill Neukom and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt released the following message to fans:

Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime.

The Giant/Dodger rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports, dating back to when the teams played across town in New York City before their moves to California. This is a great rivalry between teams competing on the field of play. That’s where it must stay.

We call on our respective citizens to stand together in honor of that rivalry as you have done throughout the years. Root hard for your teams, and do so with civility and common decency.

To watch Antonio Villaraigosa’s entire L.A. vs. San Francisco rivalry PSA, visit MLB.com to see his message to fans.

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