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Injured S.F. Giants fan Bryan Stow attends World Series Game 2

October 25, 2012 |  5:57 pm

Bryan StowSan Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was brutally beaten during opening day 2011 at Dodger Stadium, is attending the World Series, various Bay Area media outlets reported.

It is believed to be the first baseball game Stow has attended since the assault.

NBC 4 reported that Stow was spotted outside the park before the game. ABC 7 Bay Area tweeted that he will be attending Game 2 against the Detroit Tigers as a guest of the team.

Stow, a former paramedic and 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."

The difficult part, his family wrote, is that he has also forgotten difficult parts of his life, including the deaths of his grandparents.

"We had to help him mourn that loss all over again, which was emotional," the blog said.

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."

[Updated at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25: The Giants said on the team's website that the family "wanted to take in the game in private" and requested that there not be a public ceremony for Stow.]


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Photo: Bryan Stow's son Tyler looks up and listens to his father on a big screen before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the San Francisco Giants' opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Francisco on April 13. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press