SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum gave $25,000 on Thursday to a fund to assist the longtime Giants 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 Santa Clara County paramedic’s medical bills and other expenses.
Lincecum also encouraged Giants fans to contribute to the fund and said he hoped “there are not any more unfortunate acts between fans in this great rivalry.”
A website, www.support4stow.blogspot.com, has been set up for people wishing to donate to the fund. Supporters can also donate online through the SF Police Credit Union at sfpcu.com. Donors should indicate that they want to contribute to the Bryan Stow Fund, account No. 1377733.
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.
On Thursday, Stow’s family reported doctors were in the process of taking him out of a medically-induced coma and the family was waiting for him to open his eyes. Doctors previously indicated that Stow showed signs of brain damage due to being punched and kicked repeatedly in the head.
No arrests had been made in the attack despite a $150,000 reward, The reward money was put up by the Giants, Dodgers, American Medical Response, Los Angeles city and county officials, and a Los Angeles-based radio host.
The LAPD has released sketches of the two suspects, described as Hispanic men between 18 and 25 years old who were wearing Dodgers clothing.
“This was a senseless act of violence and I wanted to help out Mr. Stow and his family,” Lincecum said. “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.”
The Giants raised nearly $70,000 for the Stow fund, partnering with his employer, AMR, to gather donations at AT&T Park on Monday for the Dodgers-Giants series opener. The total included a $10,000 donation from the team.
In a rare scene on 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 AT&T Park and the Dodgers were doing the same Thursday night for the start of their four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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