Apr 13, 2011

Dear John Steigerwald

If I'm writing this based on apperances or the need to match the original article's format, I should call this post, "Know when to lose a molest mustache."  Apparently John Steigerwald's editor took a vacay or overlooked the headline.  Who am I kidding?  He probably doesn't have an editor (like moi).  That, or the editor can't stand to read his lame garbage articles either. (He's since changed the headline to read properly.)

Cliff Notes on the backstory: A Giants fan, Bryan Stow, was beaten within inches of his life by two Dodgers fans  at the home opener here in Los Angeles.  He has a wife and children and is currently in a coma, suffering from brain swelling. 

John wrote an article (linked above), that starts off as a slap on the wrist to the two neanderthals that performed the violent act, but then turns into an off-base and ridiculous commentary about how grown men shouldn't wear jerseys of their favorite player or team if they don't want to risk getting injured by the home team's fans.

Here's my Dear John letter: 

John, bless your little, miniscule (non-existing?) heart.

You really pinched a nerve in me, Mr. Steigerwald.  I can't decide what's worse: A) that you, more than likely, wrote the article for publicity, B) if you didn't, you actually think wearing a visiting team's jersey condones violent behavior, or C) that you're writing an article about what men shouldn't wear to baseball games.

I know you were probably trying to put a unique and comical spin on this particular incident, but give it up.  It wasn't either.

"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."

John, you're right.  Why would any fan think it was a good idea to wear their team's jersey to a baseball game they're playing in?  I don't know why anyone would do that.  Shame on him.  He should be put in a coma for that type of nonsense! 

I'm not the first and not the last to say this, but you are an first class idiot.  

Just because there are other nimrods roaming around without any class, morals or common decency doesn't mean the majority of upstanding humans are supposed to give in and not do things we enjoy,  things as simple as wearing our team's jersey to a game.  You refer to this jersey like it was a death wish, or better yet, that Bryan was walking in to a Crips gang with a Bloods t-shirt on.  Basically, you're saying that a child deserves to be beaten for putting on mis-matched shoes or that a woman with a low-cut top on deserved to get sexually assaulted.  Neither of those have merit, just as this incident does not. 

Hilarity really ensues when you try to be funny, or to use your term, "cute," in the article, because really you aren't either one of those.  In fact, reading this article made me lose a few brain cells.

"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."

Really John?  Really now?  You are scraping the bottom of the barrel for material at this point.  Nobody wears jerseys to feel like a part of the team.  They do it to show support.  If anything, it builds bonds with other fans and creates a feeling of camaraderie and unity among each other.  No one is wearing a jersey and thinking, "I love that I'm wearing my Giants jersey because now I'm like I'm in the big leagues!" unless they're a child under the age of 10.

I'm a die-hard Yankees fan.  Granted, I probably wouldn't bust out my array of jerseys as a visitor (try wearing a Yankees jersey with Clemens on it to a BoSox game.. I heard profanities I never knew existed), but I would be sporting pinstripes or a hat.  I have seen Boston fans come to Yankees stadium with full-on Red Sox gear and have seen the same of the Yanks at Fenway Park.  Sure, those people got heckled, but being a Boston fan wasn't a reason to bludgeon them to near death.  It's a rivalry that will withstand the test of time.  Rivalries are a huge component of the game -- it makes a slower sport like baseball more exciting and creates an additional atmosphere of competition.  Everyone wants their team to win, to beat their opponent, especially their rival.  Wearing fan gear is the main avenue to show support.

I believe in treating others how you'd want them to treat your loved ones.  I wouldn't want my brother, Mom or Dad to be beaten into a coma for supporting their team, whether they were asking for it or not.  Even is Bryan was yelling at the top of his lungs, "PUT ME IN A COMA," literally asking for it, it wouldn't be a reason to almost take his life.  Would you want your father in the hospital without any assurance he'd wake up, just for wearing a Giants jersey to a Dodgers game? 

The point is that he wasn't beaten for wearing the jersey.  He was beaten for supporting the opposing team, which is unacceptable, juvenile and pathetic.  You should really be writing an article entitled, "Know when you've outgrown chauvinsitic idiocracy."

The incident was asinine and unreasonable , and so was your article.

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