Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day of 2011, attended Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night as a guest of the team.
A spokeswoman for the Giants said Stow’s family requested privacy and the team didn’t announce where in AT&T Park Stow was watching the game from. During the game the scoreboard greeted Stow with the message: “Welcome to Bryan Stow and his family.” The announcement generated a cheer from fans.
The Giants raised more than $70,000 for the Bryan Stow Fund in 2011 alone, and third base coach Tim Flannery held two benefit concerts last season. The team has more events planned for this winter, and Flannery actually has an additional check to present to the Stow Family. Pitcher Tim Lincecum personally donated $25,000 to assist Stow’s family back in April of 2011.
Stow was assaulted outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011, and spent months in a medically-induced coma at a Los Angeles hospital. He sustained serious brain injuries and had not been back at a baseball game since.
The paramedic and father of two was back for a great game, as the Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Giants CEO Larry Baer had the following to say about Stow:
“We are truly thrilled to have Bryan with us tonight at the World Series. It’s been a long road back. We’re very grateful he has progressed and could join us.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say this is an awesome development. Stow’s beating, coma and recovery were a horrible storyline that most baseball fans followed closely during the 2011 season. The fact that he could get back to a game, and that it was to watch his favorite team win, at home, in the World Series, make this story a happy one.