Monday’s Giants home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is dedicated to Bryan Stow, which for any fan would be a dream come true. But in Stow’s case, he would probably rather just be in the stands.
The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two would have been at Friday’s home opener, too, if he wasn’t critically injured and in an L.A. hospital following his skull being fractured by two men in Dodgers gear at last week’s season opener at Dodger Stadium.
Bryan’s cousin John Stow and good friend Corey Maciel, who was with Bryan at the time of the incident, held a posterboard photograph of his buddy in the empty bleacher seat at AT&T Park where he would have sat Friday. Announcements before the game recognized Stow’s struggle for survival and his image flashed on the scoreboard prompted chants of “Beat L.A.” from the sold-out crowd.
“The overall support today was amazing,” Maciel said. “It’s just getting us through these days. Bryan would have loved to be here.”
Bryan Stow’s two children were also present Friday, holding signs that said “Pray for our Dad.” With nearly $150,000 already raised by his employer, American Medical Response in San Jose, the Giants plan to take donations at the gates on Monday. More than $300,000 has been raised overall.
“I just can’t wait for that series,” John said. “They got the best of us down there, and we’ll get the best of them here.”
San Francisco police said Thursday that patrols will be stepped up inside and outside AT&T Park, and avoid any additional violence, intoxicated people will immediately be detained.