Baseball Fan Beaten Into Coma by Rival Fans
The mother of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow still cannot believe what happened to her beloved son who's in a coma because of the shirt he was wearing at a baseball game.
"I keep thinking I'm going to wake up, and it's going to be a nightmare," said Stow's mother.
Stow, of Santa Cruz, California is a die hard San Francisco Giants fan. He made the trip to Los Angeles for his team's Opening Day game against their archrivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As always, when he went to ballgames, the father of two wore his team shirt, despite the longtime rowdy rivalry between Dodger and Giant fans.
Stow's ex-girlfriend, Gina Lenson, told INSIDE EDITION, "I said, 'Be really careful!' He said, 'We'll be fine, Gina.' "
But soon, the taunts Stow endured from Dodger fans as he sat in the stands reached a fever pitch.
"He sent me a text saying 'You're right - this place is scary!' " said Lenson.
Stow's cousin, John Stow, told INSIDE EDITION, "My wife received a text from Bryan saying he was scared inside the stadium."
It's not hard to believe. An INSIDE EDITION producer wore a Boston Red Sox jersey to a recent New York Yankees game, and was pelted with stuff.
But that was mild compared to what happened to Bryan Stow after the final out was made. INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guererro was actually at the game.
The attack happened in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Stow and a friend had just left the ballpark when he was taunted by two men wearing Dodgers gear. Stow was punched in the back of the head, and after he fell, he was repeatedly kicked, even after he lost consciousness.
The attackers fled into the night. Police released sketches of the suspects.
Meanwhile, Stow's loved ones are in a state of disbelief over what has happened to this devoted paramedic. A saver of lives is now clinging to his own life.
"These cowards didn't attack just one person. It's a domino effect. It's affected everyone who knows and loves Bryan," said Stow's mother.
And it's all because he was wearing a shirt from the opposing team.
"We'd like to use this as a rallying cry to stop unnecessary violence in our greatest pastime," said John Stow.