John Steigerwald Implies Giant Fan Invited Beating

12 Apr

“Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener”

Yes, a “reporter” said that, after a Giants fan was nearly beaten to death for supporting his team at an away game. Apparently people shouldn’t wear jerseys to support their team. Or they should expect to be beaten. Seems like the same faulty logic that says a woman in provocative clothing is asking to be raped. Class act over at the Observer-Reporter. I realize its a nothing paper, but any editor/writer should know that you don’t publish something like that, no matter how you feel about the situation. Awful. The article was almost as bad as his pedo mustache.

As someone who supports a team (Red Sox) that isn’t from the city I live near (Philly), I couldn’t agree less with what this man says. I’ve sat in the old Yankee Stadium bleachers with a Red Sox jersey on, and not once did I fear for my life – nor should I have. Despite how much fans invest in the sport emotionally, it is still a game. It should never become a life-or-death situation, and no one should be afraid of physical retribution for supporting their team at a game. No matter where they are, or how old they are.

Here’s the article (it has been edited, originally Steigerwald didn’t even get the fan’s name right and called him “Snow,” along with numerous grammatical errors).

Someone over at NESN did some research and posted contact information. Trash this guy, and trash his editor. You can see his original writing sic’d there as well.

Editor Park Burroughs

Sports Editor Chirs Dugan

More Contacts

/end rant.


One Response to “John Steigerwald Implies Giant Fan Invited Beating”

  1. LADodger2011 April 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    As a “road fan” that you are, you have a special calling to make sure to support your team. When you in the minority you have to be extra outspoken about your team. The whole point of sports can be seen in a road fan never faulting in his belief in his team despite constant nagging and even losing.

    Only one fan out of thousands wearing a Giants jersey was beaten that day. How could they all have been asking for it? Thank you for pointing out this article because it is truly unacceptable to write such things.

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