McCourt confident in security despite melee

McCourt confident in security despite melee

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said the Opening Day parking-lot incident that left a Giants fan hospitalized in critical but stable condition was a random act of violence.

"Everything from the result of the game to the overall experience was fantastic, and to have a few individuals mar that, it's a terrible thing," McCourt said at Saturday's dedication of a Dodgers Dream Field at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Field in Los Angeles.

"Any human being doing physical harm to another human being, just words can't describe how awful that is. That said, it happens. It's one of those awful things and I'm not making any excuses whatsoever ... but I'm quite confident that all of our measures were in place, and it's just one of those things that you could have 2,000 policemen there and it's just not going to change that random act of violence. It's a sad, sad thing."

McCourt, asked about a Los Angeles Police Department report that there were 72 arrests at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, said he couldn't confirm the number.

"One arrest is too many as far as I'm concerned," he said. "Let's keep in mind that Opening Day is 56,000 people, it's a lot of people, and the incidents we had relative to that were very, very few. But that said, one is too many.

"What I'm very, very satisfied with is that the people in the organization work extremely hard to provide a safe environment for our fans, and any breach of that they take personally. It's very upsetting to them because their job is to make this the safest venue in sports and they work hard at it 24/7. They really, really take this stuff to heart and they work extremely hard to create the environment that we promise our fans."