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Couple files lawsuit against Dodgers and two alleged assailants


On October 9, 2015, after Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Mets at Dodger Stadium, Ariel D. Auffant and his cousin were allegedly attacked by two people in the parking lot, per a Los Angeles Times report on a recently filed lawsuit. Auffant (a Dodgers fan) and his cousin (a Mets fan) were “brutally attacked.” Auffant lost consciousness and fell to the pavement, which led to a traumatic brain injury.

Auffant and his wife filed the lawsuit against Los Angeles Dodgers LLC as well as the two alleged assailants in Los Angeles County Superior Court. They seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit alleges negligence; premises liability; negligent hiring, retention and supervision; assault; battery; and intentional infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium.

In 2014, a jury found the Dodgers partially negligent in the Bryan Stow case. Stow, a Giants fan, was nearly beaten to death by two people in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day in 2011.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:


1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C


1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.