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Friday, May 26
32-year-old fan claims Kreuter choked him

CHICAGO -- A Chicago Cubs fan arrested in last week's brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field filed a lawsuit Thursday against Dodgers' players and both teams, claiming that he sustained neck and shoulder strains.

Beer vendors reduced
One day after the Dodgers were punished for their involvement in the May 16 Wrigley Field fracas, Cubs fans received their sentence. The team annouced that the number of beer vendors at Wrigley Field will be reduced by 10 percent and their inventory will be cut by 50 percent on their last trip into the stands. Beer sales will be cut off a half-inning earlier, from the first pitch of the top of the seventh to the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth.

An undisclosed number of security personnel will be added. The lower box seats will be protected more aggressively from fans "sneaking down" from other seats. Ticket-holders will be asked to show their stubs more frequently and season ticket-holders will be held accountable for the behavior of those using their seats.

Mark McGuire, the Cubs' executive vice president for business affairs, said it was unclear what role alcohol played in the incident, during which Dodgers players sparred with unruly fans.
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Ronald Camacho, a 32-year-old construction supervisor, was one of three men arrested on disorderly conduct charges following the May 16 melee that was sparked when a fan allegedly struck Dodgers catcher Chad Kreuter in the back of his head and snatched his cap as Kreuter sat in the bullpen.

Camacho said Kreuter choked him while other Dodgers struck him. Camacho said he was then carted off by security guards, held for three hours at the park and turned over to police. He noted that no criminal charges were filed against the Dodgers.

The suit, filed late Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, names all 19 suspended Dodgers players and coaches. It also accuses the Cubs organization of failing to provide adequate security, of falsely imprisoning Camacho and of failing to provide him with medical care.

"It is unprecedented for major league baseball players to go into the stands of a baseball park, acting in concert and with the intent to injure spectators," the suit said. The players "acted as if they were common thugs and goons."

Camacho's lawyer, Karen Conti, said her client is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and a public apology from the Dodgers.

"We really believe a settlement is in the best interest of both parties," Conti said. "We tried very hard to settle this case with the Cubs and Dodgers. I'm very excited about trying this case, especially in Cook County, where the Cubs are adored."

The Dodgers said they would have no comment on pending litigation. Calls made to the Cubs were not immediately returned.

The Cubs have sent a letter to season ticket holders announcing that beer sales at Wrigley will be curtailed and security increased in response to the fight.

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