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"When the last out is made, that rivalry ends on the field."

Those were the words of  pitcher Jeremy Affeldt(notes) on Monday night as his San Francisco Giants teammates joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in a pregame show of support for Bryan Stow. The 42-year-old Giants fan — a paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz — remains in a medically induced coma after he was attacked by two Dodgers fans on opening night at Dodger Stadium.

Whether or not Affeldt's words can ever really resonate with the cowards who use differing team allegiances as a pitiful excuse to attack others remains up for debate. But given Monday night's situation at AT&T Park — where increased security was on the lookout for any forms of retribution —  it was a solid way to place the game in its proper perspective.

As Jamey Carroll(notes) of the Dodgers put it: "There's no room in this game for hatred and violence. It is about respect. This is America's national pastime ... Let's keep it that way."

Note: The two teams continue to collect funds for Stow's medical expenses. If you're interested in donating, the Giants have posted details on their Twitter account.

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