Ten years after he was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, Bryan Stow took the mound at Oracle Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants’ home opener on Friday.
Stow held up the baseball to a standing ovation from the crowd of 7,390 before throwing the first pitch to Giants coach Alyssa Nakken, MLB’s first full-time female coach.
The Giants then won their home opener, 3-1, over the Rockies with Stow and his family in attendance. San Francisco was playing with fans at the park for the first time since September 2019.
In 2011, Stow, a Giants fan, was attacked in the parking lot after San Francisco’s opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, leaving him fighting for his life in a coma.
Since his miraculous recovery, Stow has worked to help communities put an end to bullying and fan violence through the Bryan Stow Foundation.