San Francisco Giants Third Base Coach Tim Flannery Rips Dodgers


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

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.