San Francisco Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery has never stopped supporting Bryan Stow, the Giants fan beaten within inches of his life outside Dodger Stadium after a game between the two teams in 2011.
Flannery has been vocal about saying others — like the Los Angeles Dodgers, for example — should be showing more support for Stow. Meanwhile, Flannery himself has been raising money for Stow through benefit concerts performed by his band, Tim Flannery and The Lunatic Fringe.
It's a way that Flannery has turned his offseason hobby into a moneymaker for a good cause. And this weekend, Flannery presented the Stow family with $96,000 raised through concerts and sales of the band's most recent album. Here's more from the Associated Press:
Flannery received a thank-you voicemail from Stow, the father and former paramedic who struggles to put thoughts and words together nearly three years after the attack.
Flannery and his band, The Lunatic Fringe, just concluded a series of four Northern California concerts benefiting Stow, while all dollars from purchases of Flannery's 11th album, "Outside Lands," go to Stow.
Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt contributed $25,000 to match Flannery's initial total, while Will Clark wrote a $10,000 check.
One of the opening acts at a Lunatic Fringe concert Sunday night in Los Gatos, Calif. was none other than ex-Giants pitcher Barry Zito, currently a free agent. Zito has been known to dabble in music and here he is performing an original song:
Here's one of Flannery's songs from a recent show too. You can see a lot more here.
Last year, Stow was transferred from a live-in rehab facility to his parents' home in Santa Cruz, once insurance stopped covering the facility. Stow's attorneys have estimated it'll cost $50 million to care for Stow for the rest of his life. In that respect, $96,000 is just a sliver of what's needed. But it's a wonderful gesture nonetheless.
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