Giants to dedicate game to injured fan
Team will collect donations at Monday's game against Dodgers
The Giants will rally around one of their fans, dedicating their first home game against the Dodgers to Bryan Stow, a fan who was attacked and suffered serious injuries after the season opener in Los Angeles last week.
The Giants will collect donations at the park before and during Monday's game to benefit a fund established to support Stow and his family.
Bill Neukom, the team's managing general partner and chief executive officer, issued a statement in Stow's honor.
"Bryan is a father, paramedic and lifelong Giants fan who has dedicated himself to caring for others," said Neukom in a press release. "Now he needs our support as he fights for his life following this brutal and unconscionable act of violence."
San Francisco will partner with Stow's employer, American Medical Response, to collect donations at the gate. Approximately 100 paramedics will volunteer for that effort, and the Giants will make a $10,000 contribution to the Bryan Stow Fund. Additionally, the Giants plan to pay tribute to Stow during the pregame ceremonies at AT&T Park on Friday.
The Giants Community Fund will also hold a silent auction Monday with all proceeds benefiting the The Bryan Stow Fund.
Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, Calif., remained in critical but guarded condition on Tuesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to The Associated Press. A doctor there said that he has shown signs of having brain damage.
Stow suffered a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to his brain's frontal lobes, said Dr. Gabriel Zada, a neurosurgeon. Stow remained in a coma.
"There is evidence of brain injury and dysfunction," said Zada, who added that it was premature to make a prognosis. "It's going to be a long recovery process."
Stow was beaten by two men in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium after Thursday's Opening Day game. He was punched in the back of the head and fell, hitting his head on the pavement, police said, and was kicked before the attackers ran off. The Los Angeles Police Department says it is looking for two male suspects between 18 and 25.
A reward totaling $100,000 is being offered -- by the Los Angeles City Council, the Giants, Dodgers, Stow's employer and others -- for information leading to arrests.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.