Game crowd rallies to cause of injured Giants fan Bryan Stow 

When Logan Jackson first heard about the brutal attack that left a San Francisco Giants fan in a medically induced coma he couldn’t eat, sleep or even go to the gym.

The 23-year-old paramedic from San Jose used to work with Bryan Stow, the attacked fan. He said he had attended a Rob Zombie rock concert with Stow a few weeks before the attack and was supposed to go to another next month.

“All we can do is pray for him now,” he said.

Stow was viciously attacked outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on March 31. He has been in critical condition and in a coma ever since.

Both the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers franchises and officials from cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles have condemned the incident.

On Monday, the first time the Dodgers appeared in San Francisco this season, San Francisco police officers patrolled the perimeter of the stadium as well as the stands inside as a visible presence to prevent potential tensions.

Fans kept the competition between the Giants and the Dodgers alive with “Beat LA” slogans on shirts and “boos” yelled from the crowd when the Dodgers took the field to open the game.  Most fans agreed, though, the rivalry was all in fun.

Jackson said what happened to Stow was “unbelievable.” He said the people who attacked Stow were not real baseball fans.

“They wear the colors, but they’re not sports fans,” Jackson said. He held a bright orange sign that read “Great medic, Great father, Great friend” and wore a white T-shirt reading “For Stow” with a yellow ribbon and blue medical symbol.

Hundreds of volunteers also wore similar shirts. They stood outside AT&T Park to collect donations for Stow and his family. Earlier in the day, a similar drive was held at Dodger Stadium. More than $15,000 was collected before noon.

Monday’s game was dedicated to Stow.

Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt told the crowd moments before the first pitch that the deep-set rivalry between the two teams begins and ends on the field.

“Please respect that,” he said. “Don’t take it out on one another.”

Dodgers fan Randy Johnson dropped a few dollars in the fireman’s boot held by volunteers to donate his part to help Stow and his family. He said he was worried the attack would reflect badly on all Dodger fans.

“We’re not like that,” Johnson said. “Baseball is supposed to be a safe place.”

Jackson donated money at the game. He also bid $124 on a $100 gift certificate for a tattoo in a silent auction held in San Jose earlier this month.

“It’s worth it,” he said. “It’s what I can do to help.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

Associated Press contributed to this article

 

How to help

- To donate online, visit www.sfpcu.org. The account number is 1377733. Please indicate the Bryan Stow Fund.

- To donate by mail, make out checks to the Bryan Stow Fund and send to:

SF Police Credit Union
c/o San Mateo Branch
1495 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402


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