When rival teams walk onto the field together, it normally results in heated competition.
But not last night.
Both teams joined each other on the pitchers mound to stand together as a sign of respect and to send a message to fans that the rivalry between fans should never turn violent.
Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll spoke for the teams.
"There's no room in this game for hatred and violence. It is about respect. This is America's national pastime and let's keep it that way."
"I don't have to tell you about the Dodgers-Giants, it's one of the most storied rivalries in the history of the game but in honoring that rivalry and honoring the Stow family, you have to remember when these two teams get on the field and play, we're competitive. But when the last out is made, that rivalry ends on the field, so please respect that."
The reason for this show of sportsmanship and humanity is a reaction to the abuse of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, who was severely beaten by two men wearing Dodgers gear not long ago. He is currently in critical condition.
This is such an important message. Rivalries, at the end of the day, should be FUN and add FUN to the games. If they do anything more than incite friendly competition they are destructive and pathetic.
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