SF Giants boost security for post-attack LA games

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCOGiants players in their orange and black emerged from the third-base dugout and walked to the mound as the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in blue did the same from the first-base side.

On a rare night when players from both teams addressed fans before first pitch, Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll came together for a joint message: This rivalry must stay on the field, without violence and hatred.
The teams gathered on the pitcher’s mound Monday night before their series opener at AT&T Park to make clear there should be no repeat of the events following their season opener March 31 in which longtime Giants fan Bryan Stow was assaulted outside Dodger Stadium and left in a medically induced coma.
With heightened security at the waterfront ballpark, the teams took the field for a game dedicated to the 42-year-old Stow, a paramedic from nearby Santa Cruz and father of two.
“There’s no room in this game for hatred and violence. It is about respect,” Carroll told the sellout crowd, which applauded his remarks. “This is America’s national pastime and let’s keep it that way.”
A photo of Stow showed on the main center-field scoreboard along with his two children as both teams removed their caps in a quiet moment of reflection.
Affeldt thanked fans for their generous financial and emotional support to help Stow and his family — then he spoke of the need for respect on both sides.
“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,” Affeldt said. “But when the last out is made, that rivalry ends on the field, so please respect that.”
The Giants presented former infielder Juan Uribe — now wearing the rival Dodger Blue — with his World Series ring from last year in a presentation on the field, two days after San Francisco’s players received theirs. Uribe waved his cap when called out of the visitor’s dugout to a standing ovation, then received hugs and handshakes from his former teammates before being handed his ring by managing general partner Bill Neukom.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy hoped that gesture would provide a positive sign to fans about sportsmanship.
“We’re playing each other and we’re competitive and rivals but let’s leave it at that,” Bochy said. “Our thoughts are with Bryan Stow. This shouldn’t happen. We’re hoping to send a message tonight so it doesn’t become a bigger problem.”
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp expressed sadness about what happened to Stow.
“That’s a terrible thing what happened to that man,” Kemp said. “It’s a rivalry but it’s not so serious to almost take somebody’s life. This guy is never going to be same again over wearing the wrong jersey.”
The Giants dedicated Monday’s game to Stow, a paramedic. The team and Stow’s employer, American Medical Response, collected money outside and inside the ballpark for a fund set up to help pay his medical bills. The team said more than $50,000 had been raised in that effort.
The Dodgers tossed four baseballs to fans as they came off the field from batting practice — not a regular practice of the visiting team.
Monday’s game marked the first meeting of the year played in San Francisco since Stow was severely beaten by two men in Dodgers gear in a stadium parking lot.
Stow has been in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Los Angeles County-USC Hospital since the attack. No arrests have been made despite a $150,000 reward.
The Giants and San Francisco Police Department increased the number of police officers on patrol both inside and outside the ballpark, officials said.
“We’re going to have a zero-tolerance policy on public intoxication and combative behaviors,” said San Francisco police spokesman Alvie Esparza. “We want fans to come to the ballpark and enjoy the game, but they have to do it in a civilized and respectful manner.”
Esparza said the police presence at the Giants-Dodgers series would be similar to that of last year’s World Series games.
The team and police officials encouraged fans to report any incidents of violence or unruliness in the stands through a text-messaging system ballpark security officials have set up.
“The thing in L.A., you love rivalries and you love playing here, but at some point it goes over the top,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Monday’s game.
Several fans nearby the ballpark said before the game they were optimistic there would be no further incidents.
“I think everyone can agree that what happened in L.A. was really screwed up, and we’re hoping nothing happens here. It’s good to see people out here wearing Dodgers uniforms,” lifelong Giants fan Chris Swanson said at a nearby restaurant and bar. “It intensifies the rivalry, but I think everyone just wants to see a good game. Despite whoever wins, it’s about the game more than what colors people are wearing.”
In Los Angeles, baseball fans drove through Dodger Stadium on Monday, arriving in cars, on motorcycles and on bicycles to drop off cash, checks and good wishes for Stow’s family.
Hall of Fame Dodger Tommy Lasorda told reporters in the stadium parking lot that he prays that Stow — a father of two — will come out of the coma so he can resume his life.
“This young man someday, I hope and pray, can walk into a ballpark again and enjoy the game,” the 83-year-old said.
As police review what happened and make changes, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich urged increased lighting in parking lots, increased security in the stands and parking lots, a stringent alcoholic beverage limit and possibly a reduction in cup size.
Michael Martin, a native of Los Angeles wearing a Brooklyn Dodger hat, stopped by to leave $100.
“I just wanted to show that Dodger fans are not like the two nuts that did this horrible thing. It’s OK to cheer and boo at the stadium but this is atrocious what they did to this Giants fan,” Martin said.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge said he would work with the city and county in an effort to make penalties more severe for “those who disrupt at public arenas, those who are idiots, those who are cowards, those who don’t belong.”
Associated Press writers Terence Chea and Sue Manning contributed to this story.





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Former girlfriend Bell tells of Bonds’ steroid use

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kimberly Bell, her voice cracking, looked out at the court room and talked about the final stretch of her nine-year relationship with Barry Bonds.

The greatest hitter of his era threatened “to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch,” she said. “More than once.”

She said Bonds told her “he would cut out my breast implants because he paid for them.”

As for the Arizona house he had helped pay for, “he told me he would burn it down.”

Bonds’ federal trial resumed Monday with nearly daylong testimony from his former mistress, who said the slugger attributed a 1999 elbow injury to steroids use. She also discussed how Bonds became verbally abusive and said that his physique changed, offering a lurid description of his shrinking testicles, back acne, scalp hair that fell out and chest hair that turned gray. Such mental and physical symptoms are associated with steroid use.

Prosecutors allege Bonds lied when he told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Bell met Bonds in 1994 and testified that from 1999 to 2001, “he was just increasingly aggressive, irritable, agitated, very impatient.”

In testimony similar to that of former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins last week, she said that in at least two different years at spring training, she saw Bonds and personal trainer Greg Anderson “go into a bedroom off the kitchen and close and lock the door.”

She said Anderson “would always have a little satchel with him.” She saw those scenes played out multiple times.

Prosecutors claim Anderson, who has been jailed for refusing to testify, repeatedly injected Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs.

Dressed in a gray pantsuit and white shirt, and with deep lines under her eyes, Bell answered 72 minutes of prosecution questions and was pressured during 4 hours, 15 minutes of questioning from the defense, who tried to portray her as a gold digger, a scorned former lover, a liar and the instigator of a mortgage fraud scheme.

Defense lawyer Cristina Arguedas brought up an interview Bell gave Playboy and a television appearance on Geraldo Rivera.

“You have taken many opportunities to disparage Barry Bonds … in the most vulgar ways possible?” Arguedas said in a question that was more a statement.

“Did you go on Howard Stern’s radio show?” Arguedas continued. “Does he do anything that isn’t vulgar?”

When Arguedas repeated: “Did you say vulgar things about Barry Bonds?” Bell answered: “Please refresh my memory.”

With that, Arguedas took a break to talk with Allen Ruby, Bonds’ lead lawyer. After a few moments, Arguedas told the court: “We’re going to decline that opportunity to go into the gutter. No more questions.”

At the start of the day, Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy testified that Bonds’ hat size increased from 7¼ to 7 3-8 in 2002. Murphy said that while Willie Mays and Willie McCovey needed larger hats, their increases did not happen until after they had retired as players.

Former Giants head athletic trainer Stan Conte is to testify Tuesday along with former AL MVP Jason Giambi, brother Jeremy Giambi and Randy Velarde, other players linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which ran a steroids distribution ring.

While there were empty seats in the court room last week, the wood benches were filled for Bell’s testimony and about a dozen people waited on line outside for one of the approximately 50 seats available to the public.

Bell testified Bonds revealed his steroids use to her only once, between 1999 and 2000 at her apartment.

“He had an injury on his elbow and it was a big lump on his elbow,” she said. “It looked really awful, and he said it was because of steroids. … somehow it caused the muscle and the tendons to grow faster than the joint itself could handle.”

Bonds had left elbow surgery on April 20, 1999, and was on the disabled list until June 9. He holds the MLB records for home runs in a career (762) and a single season (73).

Under questioning from Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey D. Nedrow, Bell said Bonds told her “he didn’t shoot it up every day like body builders did.”

“That’s how they were getting ahead, that’s how they were achieving, by using steroids,” she quoted Bonds as saying. She went on to say this was the period “when Mark McGwire was breaking records.”

Dressed in a dark blue suit, light blue shirt and blue-and-silver patterned tie, Bonds alternately watched Bell on the stand, scribbled notes and whispered to one of his defense attorneys, Allen Ruby. A few times, Bonds put on reading glasses.

Bell met Bonds briefly outside Candlestick Park on July 3, 1994, when she was introduced by Kathy Hoskins, a former personal shopper for Bonds who also is expected to testify.

“He said: ‘Damn girl, you’re fine,'” said Bell, who occasionally dabbed at tears.

She attended a barbecue the next day at Bonds’ mother’s house, and Bonds arrived with Bobby Bonilla. From there, they shared a romantic relationship that continued even after Bonds married Liz Watson, who became his second wife in 1999.

In anticipation of defense attempts to discredit Bell, Nedrow asked about an interview and nude photograph shoot she did with Playboy that appeared in 2007.

“I was trying to put my life together,” she testified. “Maybe it wasn’t the best decision.”

Bell testified that Playboy agreed to pay her $100,000, but sent the money to her agent, David Hans Schmidt. Schmidt committed suicide in 2007 while under investigation for allegedly attempting to extort the actor Tom Cruise and Bell said she saw little of the Playboy payment — “about $17,000 or $18,000.”

While Ruby cross-examined the first four witnesses, Arguedas spent most of Monday trying to portray Bell as a jilted woman who had broken off her previous relationship on the day she was to be married.

When Bonds told her in 1998 that he was going to marry Watson, Bell said the player told her “you can come see me on road trips.” Bell testified that after Bonds married, he told her there were “girlfriend cities and wife cities” and that she wasn’t allowed to travel with him to New York, Montreal and Atlanta.

Bell said she went instead to San Diego, Houston and Miami. She recalled bitterly how Bonds told her to find her own way home from after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when commercial airlines were shut down and Bonds was on the team charter.

“Barry abandoned me in Houston after 9-11,” she said.

Arguedas ran through a litany of financial benefits Bell received in “this position you had, as the girlfriend for road trips.” Bonds bought her several cars and paid the down payment for her house in North Scottsdale, Ariz. Arguedas repeatedly brought up forms Bell signed in which she said it would be her secondary home, trying to portray Bell as a liar.

Arguedas also quizzed Bell about an e-mail she sent to Bonds’ website in April 2004, almost a year after their breakup on May 23, 2003. Bell said she listed all the women she knew that Bonds was sleeping with: a model in New York, another woman in Las Vegas and “the stripper from Phoenix.”

“This is the guy who you described as having penile dysfunction,” Arguedas said. “That’s a lot of action.”

Bonds covered his mouth in an apparent attempt to suppress a grin.

“I don’t know what he was doing with them,” Bell responded. “I can only imagine.”




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