by Mia Jackson
Bryan Stow, SF Giants fan, is in a coma because he went to baseball game. The 42-year-old paramedic and father of two was waiting at a cab stand after attending a game a Dodger Stadium when two goons (I don’t consider them fans) began to taunt him and other Giants-clad baseball folks. They punched him and kicked him – and like the punks they are (there’s another word I’d like to use but I keep it clean) – they ran away. Today, Stow remains in critical condition with what appears to be lasting brain damage.
Now pardon me – but damnit! – when did going to the ballpark become a life-threatening situation? I’ve attended many games in the Black Hole, but never did I think that Violator or Spike would take a life. They may have talked about your mother, but they wouldn’t try to send her into early grief.
On ESPN’s first take, Skip Bayless and Rob Parker discussed the horrific event that took place at Dodger Stadium. I agree with Dana Jacobson who asked, “What kind of message is that, to say you can’t wear [team gear]?…that is the saddest message if I’ve ever heard one. ” Little kids can’t go on and cheer their team in a treasured t-shirt because some older men – I won’t call them grown – drink too much and yell at them.