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Bryan Stow at World Series game: Family declined public ceremony

October 26, 2012 |  7:27 am

Although San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium last year, attended Game 2 of the World Series, his family said he wanted to watch in private and asked that there be no public ceremony.

Thursday night's game between the Giants and the Detroit Tigers in San Francisco is believed to be the first baseball game Stow has attended since the 2011 opening day assault.

NBC 4 reported that Stow was spotted outside the park before the game. ABC 7 Bay Area tweeted that he was attending as a guest of the team.

Stow, a former paramedic and a father of two, suffered serious head trauma when he was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the opening day game between the Dodgers and Giants in 2011.

Two suspects, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, have been ordered to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included dramatic testimony from witnesses. Among other things, the witnesses recalled the chilling moment when Stow's skull hit the pavement, and there was a recording of Norwood admitting to his mother that he was "involved" in the beating.

Stow's family said his recovery has been up and down. The most recent post on the family blog, dated Oct. 9, said: "As always, there are good days and not so good days."

"His memory is very unpredictable and we don’t know what he will remember and what he won’t," the family said. "We imagine that this is something that will be a part of his recovery for a long time."

NBC4 reported that the Giants have stayed in close touch with the family and even arranged for him to virtually throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day this year. Stow's son Tyler threw the pitch in person.

The station predicted that if fans get wind that Stow is in the stands, they will "cheer like crazy."

-- Kimi Yoshino