It came as a surprise to everyone in the press box and throughout AT&T Park, because no announcement was made prior to the game, but Bryan Stow came to game No. 162. Stow, a Giants fan who suffered significant brian injuries as the result of a beating he sustained in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day 2011, was shown on the scoreboard between innings, which drew a standing ovation. Stow looked overwhelmed by the response, and looked to be saying, “no way” and “thank you” while smiling and holding up a Giants cap. He also gave the crowd a thumbs-up sign.
Today’s game is one of three the Giants designated as “Fundraiser” games, as Stow’s insurance recently stopped paying for full-time rehabilitation. The Giants’ fundraising efforts, which continue to include Tim Flannery donating 100% of the proceeds from his band’s album sales to the Stow family, unfortunately coincide with another recent example of fan violence that took place last week a little over a half-mile away from AT&T Park.
24-year-old John Denver, a Dodger fan from Fort Bragg, was stabbed to death at 3rd and Harrison. After leaving the game he attended with his father, brother and two others, he was involved in a melee that consisted of Giants fans fighting Dodgers fans. Before today’s game, Denver’s father asked for help before today’s game in determining exactly what happened that night.
Robert Preece spoke in front of AT&T Park’s iconic Willie Mays statue before the Giants played the San Diego Padres. He said he believes bystanders used mobile devices to record a fight that ended with the death of his 24-year-old son, Jonathan Denver.
“Losing a child is a heartache no parent should have to endure,” Preece said in his plea for witnesses to the fight, which resulted in the arrest of Michael Montgomery.
“The Montgomery family is suffering as well,” Preece said.
Montgomery, 21, was released from custody Friday night after San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said police had insufficient evidence to charge him in the death of Denver, 24.
“We are saddened by this senseless killing and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” Bonnie Stow, Bryan Stow’s sister, told the Los Angeles Times.