Argument Over Giants/Dodgers Rivalry Preceded Fatal Stabbing Outside Ballpark

12:17 PM: A Los Angeles Dodgers fan was stabbed to death after his team played the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday night, and police said today it appears the killing was preceded by an argument over the teams’ rivalry.

Jonathan Denver, 24, was stabbed around 11:35 p.m. near Third and Harrison streets, four blocks from the ballpark where the Giants and Dodgers had played earlier in the night, with the Giants winning 6-4.

Denver, who was wearing Dodgers clothing, was with his father, brother and two other people at the time.

They had left the game in the eighth inning and had gone to a nearby bar, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said at a news conference this morning.

After leaving the bar, the victim’s group crossed paths with a group of Giants fans and “there was a back-and-forth about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry,” Suhr said.

The argument deteriorated into a fight in which no one was seriously hurt, he said.

Suhr said what happened next remains unclear, but that one of the groups followed the other group and a second altercation ensued minutes later, during which Denver was stabbed.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

Two people were detained at Second and Howard streets and were being interviewed this morning, but have not been arrested, Suhr said. He said police are still seeking two other people believed to be connected to the case.

Suhr did not release any information about the suspects except that they had come to San Francisco in a vehicle registered in Lodi.

Denver worked as a plumber’s apprentice for North Coast Plumbing, Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. in Fort Bragg, according to an employee at the company.

Suhr said the Police Department has been assigning extra officers to this week’s games between the Giants and Dodgers, two National League West division teams with a long and storied rivalry.

Denver’s death is the latest violent incident to mar the rivalry. In 2011, Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten after the team’s season opener at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and suffered severe brain injuries.

The Giants held a fundraiser for Stow at Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers and have two more planned at tonight’s game and during their season finale against the San Diego Padres.

Suhr said police will continue sending undercover officers wearing Dodgers gear to tonight’s game, along with other plainclothes officers, to ensure safety in and around the ballpark.

“There’s no place at these games for violence,” he said. “Nobody’s life should be at stake.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

10:27 AM: A man who was fatally stabbed several blocks from AT&T Park after a San Francisco Giants game on Wednesday night has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver.

Denver, who was dressed in Los Angeles Dodgers clothing, was killed in an altercation that broke out at about 11:35 p.m. near Third and Harrison streets, four blocks from the ballpark where the Giants and Dodgers played earlier in the night.

During the fight, a suspect pulled out a sharp object and stabbed Denver, who was later taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died, police said.

A second victim was punched several times and was treated for minor injuries.

Police detained three people after the stabbing and are continuing to interview them. No arrests had been made in the case as of this morning, police spokeswoman Sgt. Danielle Newman said, however the San Francisco Chronicle reports that two unnamed “men, ages 21 and 18, were arrested.”

Newman said no other information about the case was immediately available except that Denver was wearing Dodgers gear when he was attacked.

Denver worked as a plumber’s apprentice for North Coast Plumbing, Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. in Fort Bragg, according to an employee at the company.

It is not yet clear whether the fight stemmed from rivalry between Giants and Dodgers fans.

In 2011, Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten after the team’s season opener at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and suffered severe brain injuries.

The Giants held a fundraiser for Stow at Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers and have two more planned for today’s game and their season finale on Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

5:20 AM: Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred just after a San Francisco Giants baseball game near San Francisco’s AT&T Park late Wednesday night.

According to police, a confrontation between two groups of men following a Dodgers and Giants game broke out near the intersection of Third and Harrison streets at about 11:40 p.m.

The verbal disagreement led to a physical confrontation involving a knife, police said.

One person was stabbed during the fight and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

According to police, three people have been detained in the area.

Police are continuing to interview witnesses.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • thebzzz

    If this was all about the rivalry then it’s the most senseless and inhumane drama yet again. It’s a damn shame that your love and loyalty to your professional sports team can get you killed. IT’S JUST A GAME!!!!!!!!!!