In a heartwarming yet poignant moment Friday afternoon before the Giants’ home opener, Bryan Stow made an appearance with his mother, Ann, via a video message before Stow’s 13-year-old son, Tyler, threw the first pitch. Stow, who appeared emotionless in his wheelchair as his mother read a statement, ended the video by extending his arm to “virtually” hand the ball to Tyler and saying, “Tyler, here’s your ball. Good luck, son.” The exchange received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
It’s been over a year since Stow was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on opening day last season. He suffered a traumatic brain injury from the assault and will need assistance for the rest of his life. Friday reportedly was Stow’s first time appearing and speaking to the public. The Giants had hoped Stow, who now lives in a rehab facility, would be able to make an in-person appearance at AT&T Park for the pre-game festivities, but he was unable to do so. “We couldn’t be more excited for the person filling in for Bryan,” Ann Stow said about her grandson Tyler.
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