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The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013 Friday
CITY-D Edition
SPORTS; Inq Sports; Pg. C09
451 words
Touch 'Em All: Arrest made in stabbing death of Dodgers fan
By Michael Harrington; Inquirer Staff Writer

San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr announced Thursday that an arrest had been made in Wednesday night's stabbing death of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan near the Giants' stadium.

Jonathan Denver, 24, of Fort Bragg, Calif., was wearing a Dodgers jersey and with his brother and father, a Dodgers security guard, outside a bar about four blocks from AT&T Park when they got into an argument about the teams' rivalry around 11:30 p.m. with another group of people leaving the club. One of the members of the group was wearing a Giants hat, Suhr said. Denver was fatally stabbed in the fight.

A police spokeswoman said Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, Calif., has been arrested and will face charges on suspicion of killing Denver after making incriminating statements. Police have also detained another man for questioning and continue to look for two others and the murder weapon, Suhr said.

The altercation Wednesday night was the second serious confrontation between the teams' fans in the last two years. Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered a traumatic brain injury after being attacked following the teams' March 31, 2011, game in Los Angeles. Stow spent two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Two Dodgers fans are awaiting trial on charges in the beating.

"There is no place at these games for violence," Suhr said. "Nobody's life should be at stake. . . . Please, be respectful of everybody rooting for whoever they want to root for."

It's simply a fact that sports is just entertainment and should be fun, not fraught with the anger and violence that is too often occurring. Most fans, of course, know this - their team loses, they see a fan of a rival team, they josh a little, and it's on to the really important things in life: loved ones, work, health.

The fans who can't see this will hear any admonition to stop taking sports so seriously as an imaginary violation of some asinine "code" - so this is probably not the last time this kind of story will play out, unfortunately for the rest of humanity.

Outta here. The Brewers' Carlos Gomez and the Braves' Reed Johnson have each been suspended one game after a benches-clearing brawl sparked by Gomez's hyped-up home run trot on Wednesday.

Way to go, Mo. On his final weekend before retirement, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera may make one detour on his way to Cooperstown: playing center field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he's thinking about granting the 43-year-old legend's request for an outfield stint - maybe giving Rivera an appearance in the eighth inning in a game against the host Houston Astros and then moving him to the mound to close it out.

mharrington@phillynews.com

This article contains information from the AP.

September 27, 2013

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