Giants ace Tim Lincecum pitches in to help injured fan Bryan Stow 

Tim Lincecum intends to donate $25,000 to help Bryan Stow, the comatose Giants fan who suffered a skull fracture in a brutal beating in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the first baseball game of the season.

“I encourage Giants fans to support Mr. Stow in a positive way and hope there are not any more unfortunate acts between fans in this great rivalry,” the pitcher wrote on Facebook.

Stow’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Gabriel Zada, said the 42-year-old Santa Cruz man, a paramedic and father of two, remains in a medically induced coma in an L.A. hospital although his sedative dosage was reduced Wednesday. Bryan’s cousin, John Stow, said the family is hoping he will wake up in the coming days.

“But if you know Bryan, he will wake up when he’s damn well ready,” John said.

John attended the Giants’ home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals April 8 and Monday’s Dodgers-Giants series opener, which was dedicated to Bryan, but said he couldn’t bring himself to attend the other games.

“It’s just too much; it’s not easy to be at the game,” he said. “We are so thankful to the community and the support has been overwhelming.”

He said the lack of violent retribution in the recent Dodgers series in San Francisco meant a lot to the family.

“We were very relieved,” John said. “We knew, we asked, we pleaded, we tried to get the word out, but we were still a little nervous.”

Security at Dodger Stadium had been greatly increased for Thursday’s Dodgers-Cardinals game, with what is described as a “sea of blue” — and that’s cops, not Dodger fans. The team hired former LAPD chief William Bratton to head up the heightened security plan.

More than $400,000 has already been raised for Bryan’s medical costs. Bryan’s employer, American Medical Response in San Jose, held a benefit barbeque last week that raised upward of $140,000. Donations also were taken at the gate of the Giants home series against the Dodgers that began Monday, with $70,000 raised, including $10,000 directly from the Giants. The Dodgers collected more than $60,000 for the fund.

Bryan’s attackers, two Latino men in their late teens or 20s, have yet to be found by police. A reward for information leading to an arrest rose to $150,000 last week, with contributors including the Dodgers, Giants and L.A. city and county governments.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

 

How to help

- To donate to Bryan Stow, visit www.sfpcu.org and enter account No. 1377733.

- To mail in donations:

SF Police Credit Union

c/o San Mateo Branch

1495 S. El Camino Real

San Mateo, CA 94402

- A website that lists upcoming fundraisers for the Stow family can be found at www.support4bryanstow.com


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