Giants ace Tim Lincecum is giving $25,000 to assist the longtime San Francisco fan who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium last month.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner’s donation will go to the Bryan Stow Fund to help with the 42-year-old paramedic’s medical bills and other expenses. The father of two was beaten in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium after the teams’ March 31 season opener and remains hospitalized in Los Angeles in a medically induced coma. No arrests have been made despite a $150,000 reward.
“This was a senseless act of violence and I wanted to help out Mr. Stow and his family,” Lincecum said in a statement Thursday. “It’s also close to me because not only is Mr. Stow a Giants fan, but I have family and friends who are firefighters, police officers and paramedics and this honors their service to the community.
“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,” Lincecum said.
The Giants raised nearly $70,000 for the Stow fund, partnering with his employer, American Medical Response, to gather donations at AT&T Park on Monday during the Dodgers-Giants series opener. The total includes a $10,000 donation from the team.
In a rare scene Monday night, a player from each team addressed fans before first pitch. Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll came together for a joint message: This rivalry must stay on the field, without violence and hatred.
The teams gathered on the pitcher’s mound to make clear there should be no further acts of violence in this long-standing rivalry. There were no major incidents during the series.
The Giants heightened security at their waterfront ballpark and the Dodgers were doing the same Thursday night for the start of their four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
From KRON TV:
Doctors have taken Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium, out of his medically-induced coma, his cousin John Stow told KRON 4 News.
Family members at his side are now waiting for Stow to wake up.
Also, here’s a public service announcement from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calling on Giants and Dodgers fans, in so many words, to cool it.