Writer: Beaten Giants fan should have known not to wear jersey

San Francisco Giants fans root for their team in the eighth inning during Game 1 of the Major League Baseball (MLB)’s World Series against the Texas Rangers in San Francisco, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

I’ve seen plenty of crap writing in my day but John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter has taken bad journalism to a whole new level.

I actually read this piece yesterday but I wanted to let my opinions marinate overnight. I like to play devil’s advocate as much as possible and give writers the benefit of the doubt if I can at least see where they were coming from. But after reading Steigerwald’s article again this morning, it’s pretty clear that this guy doesn’t have a point.

Steigerwald’s column is about Bryan Stow, the 42-year-old paramedic and lifelong Giants fan who is now in a coma because a pair of thugs beat him to within an inch of his life outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Weekend. Steigerwald suggests that Stow (whom Steigerwald apparently called “Snow” until he was corrected in the comments section of the piece) should have known not to wear his Giants jersey to the park that night.

Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years.

If he ever comes out of his coma? You’re kidding me right? How insensitive can you get?

Nobody needs to ask Stow why he wore his Giants’ “gear”: He was supporting his team at a ballgame. It’s not like he went to the beach dressed in an Eskimo suit.

Are there really 40-something men who think that wearing the jersey makes them part of the team? It was cute when a 10-year-old kid got that feeling by showing up at Three Rivers Stadium in a Pirates jersey, but when did little boys stop growing out of that?

Here’s tip for you if you actually think that wearing your team’s jersey makes you a part of the team:

It doesn’t.

Is this now a cautionary tale that Steigerwald is writing or is he badgering a man in a coma? I’m confused.

Obviously, not every fan who wears his team’s jersey to a game is looking for someone from “the enemy” to beat up. But maybe somebody should do a psychological study to find out if all those game jerseys have contributed to the new mob mentality that seems to exist in the stands these days.

If you’re one of two or three guys wearing Steelers jerseys sitting in the middle of the Dawg Pound in Cleveland, guess what? The Steelers players can’t see you and even if they could, they’re not really getting a lot of inspiration from you.

If you’re set upon by a bunch of drunken adults wearing dog costumes, you probably shouldn’t expect any help from the guys on the field who are wearing the jerseys that look just like yours.

Why not just go to the Browns game in Cleveland dressed as a regular human being? When did it become necessary to wear a uniform to the game?

I’m sorry, what does a “regular human being” dress like? IT’S A FREAKING BASEBALL GAME. Someone is not allowed to wear a jersey? What if Stow and his buddies were wearing Giants polo shirts? Would they have avoided a beating? Would the thugs who did this have said: “Ah, you know what? Dude is wearing a Giants polo shirt. I feel less inebriated, angry and violent. Now, if he were wearing a jersey, well, all bets would be off.”

Yeah, Stow probably wouldn’t have been beaten if he wore Dodgers stuff that night and cheered for the Giants in his head. But what is Steigerwald trying to say here? That nobody should cheer for their team on the road because the players of that team won’t draw inspiration from you? I think as an adult, Stow knows that he doesn’t possess magical powers that help the Giants win depending on what he wears to the game. And honestly, it’s kind of insulting for Steigerwald to go into detail about how, as a fan, you don’t control your team’s fate by what you wear.

This has to be one of the more poorly constructed articles I’ve ever read. Making matters worse, Steigerwald not only thrusts blame on the victim, but he didn’t spell Stow’s name correctly in the original article and he still hasn’t fixed a couple of typos that readers have pointed out in the comments section. If I’m Steigerwald, I’m telling readers that someone hacked into my account and published this garbage without my knowing.

Bryan Stow did nothing wrong that night. I don’t care if he was wearing a full Giants uniform complete with batting helmet, cleats and Giants-themed wristbands. He was beaten by two thugs who deserve to be in prison – end of story. As a “human being,” he has the right to attend a baseball game and cheer for the opposing team without having to worry that the night will end in brain damage. We all do.

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