When I said that baseball season is in full swing, I didn’t mean punches.
During the San Francisco Giants match up against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day in Dodger Stadium’s parking lot, two men attacked and seriously injured a Giants fan, Bryan Stow.
Stow is a 42-year-old paramedic (insert tasteless joke here) with two children who came to Dodger Stadium with two friends to cheer on his team. I’m sure he had no idea what would happen to him once he stepped out of the stadium. Stow is now in a medically-induced coma after the beating.
The two attackers were identified as being between the ages of 18-25 and got into a car with a woman and small boy after the attack. Stow’s story has gotten national attention and has started a Facebook group called “Our prayer are with Bryan Stow,” which is approaching 4,000 likes.
Let’s get real. If this story is actually how they’re presenting it, “Male get’s beat up by young thugs after realizing he was a Giant fan,” then forgive me. But, my thought are that Stow isn’t as innocent as people are making him out to be. We all know how rowdy professional and even non-professional sporting events get. Fans of opposing teams trade shots back and forth at each other throughout the game.
Maybe Stow traded one too many shots with these young men and they planned to give him a few shots after the game, resulting in Stow having his skull actually cracked and being unconscious still today. It’s just a game, but some fans take the game a little too serious.
But this is the kicker: Stow had two friends with him who apparently were “separated” from him during the attack and arrived as soon as the attackers were leaving the scene of the crime. What friends who you come to a sporting even with get’s separated that far from each other after a game? Things happen, but this story sounds a little fishy to me.
Police have put out a $10,000 reward for anyone giving information that leads to the arrest of the attackers. Best wishes with Stow as he recovers from his injuries. And if you’re wondering, the Dodgers won the game, 2-1.