25 years after L.A. riots, Dodgers, Lakers reflect on violent week

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The Dodgers were in the midst of a series with the Phillies when the riots broke out, while the Lakers and Clippers had their plans altered. Here’s how some of the players reacted as the riots unfolded over six days.
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All-Star outfielder Eric Davis remembers sitting in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse that afternoon, staring at the TV in disbelief, too numb to move.

Los Angeles Lakers GM Jerry West was at the Forum in Inglewood, his team on the court during their NBA playoff game, and he was horrified, knowing lives would be changed forever.

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ruben Amaro was sitting on the team bus back to the hotel, still in full uniform staring at the blazing fires alongside the freeway, while tightly gripping the bat in his hands.

Dodgers All-Star outfielder Darryl Strawberry, born and raised in South Central, was praying for his brother’s safety. Michael, a Los Angeles police officer, was patrolling the area when someone took…

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