Injured San Francisco Giants fan’s family calls for calm in home stand 

While Giants fan Bryan Stow clings to life at an L.A. hospital because two attackers fractured his skull following the Giants-Dodgers opener last week, his family is discouraging further violence.

The die-hard fan had been looking forward to the series, co-workers said. But a text message he sent to his cousin in the March 31 game’s sixth inning said he felt unsafe at Dodger Stadium, where security has since been heightened.

In the parking lot after the game, he was jumped from behind by two young men in Dodgers gear.

“These people have no respect for the game, and no respect for human life,” said John Stow, Bryan’s cousin.



The hospitalized 42-year-old Santa Cruz father of two is a paramedic with American Medical Response, where co-workers raised upward of $140,000 Wednesday at a San Jose benefit barbecue attended by 2,500.

The Giants home opener today and World Series ring ceremony on Saturday will jog memories of the team’s 2010 triumph. But starting Monday, the Dodgers come to town for three games, and rumblings of retribution have been heard in online forums. John Stow said there’s no need for that.

“If they do that, they would be doing Bryan a disservice,” he said. “Our family is better than this, and I would like to think the city of San Francisco is better than this.”

San Francisco police said Thursday that fans attending the Dodgers series should expect more uniformed and plainclothes police inside and outside AT&T Park. Officer Albie Esparza said anyone acting intoxicated will immediately be detained.

“Have fun at the game, but yes, we will be watching you,” he said.

Officials at USC Medical Center said Thursday that Stow’s condition remains critical, and a neurosurgeon from the hospital told L.A. media that he could suffer permanent brain damage. The reward for information leading to an arrest rose to $150,000 on Thursday, when L.A. police held a press conference with the Stow family.

Monday’s Giants-Dodgers game will be dedicated to Bryan. But the original plan was for him to attend today’s home opener.

“This was our year, all year we are world champs,” said John, who will place a picture of his cousin in the empty seat beside him. “For Bryan to lose that, after the first game, it’s just a tragedy.”

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com


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