Fundraiser Hosted by Dodgers for Hurt Giants Fan
After a Giants fan was critically injured following an opening night game between the Dodgers and the Giants, a drive-through fundraiser is set into motion hosted by the Dodgers.
Paramedic Bryan Stow, a long-time Giants fan, was attacked by two Dodgers fans outside Dodger Stadium on the Opening Day game. Doctors report that he remains in critical condition due to damage to his brain.
The fundraiser is scheduled for 8a.m. to 3p.m. on Monday at Dodger Stadium’s Parking Lot 1, where donations of checks and cash will be accepted. Checks are to be made payable to the “Bryan Stow Fund.” PayPal contributions will also be accepted, along with online contributions at .
The American Medical Response will be helping the Dodgers for the fundraising, along with the club’s partners in the media, including Univision Radio, KABC 790, Prime Ticket, and KCAL 9. The Los Angeles Times will also be involved with the event.
The Dodgers-Giants rivalry apparently has a track record for fan violence, with the attack on Stow not being a first or a solitary incident.
In 2003, Pete Marron, a 19-year-old Dodgers fan, shot a Giants fan, junior college sophomore Marc Antenorcruz, following a heated argument in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. Antenorcruz was reportedly drunk, which was reported as one of the main influences for the increased chances of violence.
With the attack on Stow on March 31, security is constantly being strengthened, especially for the three-game series opening tonight at AT&T Park featuring the two teams.
Apparently, there have been some retaliation threats posted on social media websites, and Giants’ senior vice president for ballpark operations, Jorge Costa, expressed his concern about the security of the games. He added that they were not in any position to allow “inappropriate behavior” from the games.
The Dodgers also asked former L.A. police Chief William Bratton to orient the team on security measures.
Although the history of violence between the two teams’ fans has dropped significantly after moving to a new park, Costa admits an incident similar to the attack on Stow could still happen.
AT&T Park fans have helped to report any misbehavior by anonymous texting to the park’s command center, but Costa confesses that the system has not worked as well as he would have hoped, perhaps due to only a limited number of fans being aware of the reporting procedure.
Having been with the Giants since 1989, Costa believes that the tension with Dodgers fans may be lying dormant under the surface but can explode in a second.
Meanwhile, Stow’s attackers have yet to be identified, with a $150,000 reward being offered for any information that might help in their apprehension.
On Monday’s game, the Giants will also host a fundraiser for Stow.