Giants Kick In $10,000 For Reward Fund In Dodger Stadium Attack; Dodgers Kick In Zero
Have you seen these guys?
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for the Dodgers, this evening the San Francisco Giants kicked in $10,000 for the reward fund in the Opening Day beating.
That happens to be $10,000 more than the Dodgers have offered. (Updated below.)
Now, maybe they just haven't gotten around to it. But if you're the Dodgers' PR office -- and you've already been criticized for your half-hearted response to the attack -- how do you let the Giants offer a reward for an attack at your own stadium before you do?
Frank McCourt may be broke, but he's not that broke.
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And it's not like the Giants and Dodgers haven't been in touch about this. The two teams issued a joint statement on Sunday -- along with the mayors of L.A. and San Francisco -- decrying violence and expressing sympathy to the family of the victim, Bryan Stow.
Somehow that cooperation broke down today.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered the initial $10,000 last week. The Giants added $10,000 today, along with American Medical Response -- the victim's employer -- which offered another $5,000. That brings the grand total to $25,000.
And now the collection plate passes over to you, Frank...
Update: Tony Bell, Antonovich's press deputy, says he heard the Dodgers will contribute an additional $25,000.
Update 2: Josh Rawitch, head of Dodgers' PR, confirms that indeed the Dodgers are contributing $25,000 to the reward fund. (The Dodgers didn't do a release on that, apparently because the last thing you want when you're offering a cash reward for information is to publicize that fact.)
Update 3: Via City Maven, Councilman Ed Reyes ups the ante, offers another $50,000.
Update 4: At today's council meeting, Councilman Dennis Zine grumbled that the Dodgers are being stingy: "I hope the Dodgers step forward and add to the reward."
Just to be clear: The issue here is that somehow the Dodgers allowed the Giants to get out in front of them on this. The news that the Giants were offering $10,000 went out at 5:15 p.m. on Monday. The news about the Dodgers' own $25,000 reward hit the wires more than two hours later, at 7:50 p.m.
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