By Bay City News Service
Four benefit concerts featuring San Francisco Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery last week raised nearly $75,000 for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan severely injured in an attack after a game in Los Angeles in 2011.
Flannery and his band, the Lunatic Fringe, played at the Sweetwater Music Hall on Jan. 25 in the midst of a series of shows that also included stops in Redwood City, Napa and Santa Cruz, with plans to deliver the money after the final concert, Flannery wrote on the band's Facebook page.
The sold-out show featured the sole Marin appearance by the Giants' 2012 and 2010 World Series trophies, which are in the midst of a tour throughout Northern California in advance of Giants spring training in Arizona next month.
Flannery thanked "all who have supported us, prayed for us and came to the shows," saying these were the last shows the band would play before he heads to Arizona.
The money will help with medical bills for Stow, a paramedic and father of two who suffered a serious head injury in the March 31, 2011, attack outside Dodger Stadium.
Months later, police arrested two men, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who are awaiting trial.
Flannery was a coach for both of the Giants' 2010 and 2012 World Series wins, and collected $70,000 for Stow in a previous fundraising effort that included a large benefit concert in Napa last year with Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead.
Stow's family has posted regular updates on his recovery on the website www.support4bryanstow.com and said last Friday that he was back in the hospital with a large and serious blood clot in his leg.
The post stated that the doctor had told the family that "due to the size and hardness of the clot, he is surprised it didn't kill him."
The family said, "We are asking for some prayers right now. Bry has a huge support system (you!) and knowing that along with his strength and perseverance, he will get through this."
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