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.
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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