May 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery (1) before the start of the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Third Base Coach Tim Flannery Rips Dodgers


We all know that in addition to being one of the best third base coaches in baseball, San Francisco Giants’ Tim Flannery has done a lot to help Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally attacked outside Dodger Stadium in 2011.

He has raised over $75,000 for Stow, playing in concerts and releasing DVDs with his band, the Lunatic Fringe.

So now he’s going after the Dodgers for what happened on Tuesday night for “failing in the humanity department.”

Casey Johnstone, the fifth-grader who made a speech at his graduation about being the only Dodgers fan in a school full of Giants fans, donated all the revenue generated from ads on the YouTube video that went viral to Stow.

It was a nice gesture, and it was even nicer that the Dodgers invited him to throw the first pitch.

Except for one problem, as Flannery pointed out on his Facebook page:

Tonight the Dodgers did something that really pissed me off…yeah they beat us, they are better this time around, but this is about other stuff..they honored Casey Johnstone the kid who made a video and gave his $200 bucks to Bryan Stow…but the Dodgers never ever mentioned What the kid did with his money, or Bryan’s name. I once had a Dodger broadcaster tell me ” we wish he would just go away”…..ok…more shows for Bryan…another way to shine the light, and to the Dodgers how you handled this pregame first pitch tonight….you just got me started all over again……we won’t go away, till you do what is right here..had your chance tonight……failed in the humanity department….

My guess is that because the Stow family is suing the Dodgers, there is some kind of mandate on the Dodger organization to refrain from mentioning Stow’s name publicly. I cannot imagine why else they wouldn’t want to point out the generosity of this young boy.

As for an update on Stow’s condition, his insurance stopped paying for his medical care, so he is back at home with his family who now are tasked with caring for him by themselves.

“At first look and during conversations, Bryan appears to be doing better, cognitively,” said his family in a statement. “But to be with him as much as we are, we see what others don’t. The memory problems, the use of words that do not belong, the pain he is in and the stiffness in his body that prevents him from being able to do things on his own.”

If I were the Dodgers — lawsuit or not — I would shell out the money and pay for every cent of Stow’s medical care. Why they can’t even mention his name during an appropriate time remains a mystery to me.

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  • Dean Thomas

    I feel bad for the man, it was horrible, but why is the organization responsible to pay? I’ve been a Dodger fan for a while and grew up in the Bay Area. I used to go to Candlestick when the Dodgers would come, I stopped after I had to knock some punk out for pouring a beer on me. That was the culmination of the rudest, most shit talking fans I’ve ever seen!! Same goes when they change into their 49er shit too!! But, I don’t blame the organization for the behavior of their fans, yes it would be a great gesture by the Dodgers, but it’s really not their responsibility.
    Do victims of violent crime sue the city when it happens on the streets?

    • goldenbaysports

      It’s not their responsibility to pay, but they haven’t even mentioned the name “Brian Stow,” as far as I know. They can’t put out a statement wishing Stow the best in his recovery?

      • sten swarty

        I’m guessing it has to do with the lawsuit. If I remember right during a suit if one side gives anything to the other side, or mentions them in a good way, that is basically admitting guilt and can hurt in a courtroom. I might be wrong, but I think that’s why the Dodgers don’t mention him. I worked for AMR as well, but in a different county and we did so many carwashes/fundraisers for that family. It sucks so bad to have that happen to someone especially after the hospital when you have to physically/mentally be there for them all the time. It’s hard and I wish the Dodgers would do as much as possible to help them. Maybe after the lawsuit they’ll help out (I hope).

        Just to add on: people out here in LA get beat down daily, and they’re put in just as much of a horrible position. I think everyone should focus on stopping violence in the streets because it is getting pretty harsh out here.

        • goldenbaysports

          Good points. Unfortunate that the lawsuit is getting in the way, although I have to question how the Stow family can blame the Dodgers for this.

      • Dean Thomas

        The Dodgers did a 10 min segment on this story during last nights Pre-game. Steve Lyons talked about how his insurance ran out and any little bit helps.