Craig passed along word this morning that a man was killed last night last night after a fight broke out among Dodgers and Giants fans near AT&T Park in San Francisco. We’re beginning to learn more details about the senseless tragedy.
According to Kate Mather and Lee Romney of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers confirmed today that the victim, Jonathan Denver, was the son of a security guard who works for the team.
Denver and his brother met his father in San Francisco to watch the Dodgers play the Giants yesterday. They left the game in the eighth inning and encountered a group of people who had come to town to visit a nightclub. According to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, “back-and-forth” barbs about the Dodgers-Giants rivalry led to two fights between the groups. Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed and later died at San Francisco General Hospital.
The latest information is that two people were taken into custody. They were still being questioned as of this afternoon.
The Dodgers issued the following statement about the tragedy:
“The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards.”
“There is no rational explanation for this senseless act which resulted in Jonathan’s death. The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable. Words are not enough to describe our sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time.”
UPDATE: According to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco police have confirmed that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.