Tim Flannery isn’t too happy with the way the Los Angeles Dodgers handled a 10-year-old fan who threw out a first pitch this week
The third base coach for the San Francisco Giants says the Dodgers “failed in the humanity department” when team officials decided to gloss over the donation 10-year-old Dodgers fan Casey Johnstone made for a Giants fan.
Johnstone became a YouTube sensation after giving a fifth-grade graduation speech that talked about being a Dodgers fan when all of his classmates rooted for the Giants. Johnstone’s parents suggested that he give all the ad revenue to Bryan Stow, a Giants fan severely beaten by two Dodgers fans at Opening Day 2011.
But when Johnstone was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game this week, the team made no mention of the close to $200 he gave to Stow.
“Tonight the Dodgers did something that really pissed me off…yeah they beat us, they are better this time around, but this is about other stuff..they honored Casey Johnstone the kid who made a video and gave his $200 bucks to Bryan Stow…but the Dodgers never ever mentioned What the kid did with his money, or Bryan’s name. I once had a Dodger broadcaster tell me ” we wish he would just go away”…..ok…more shows for Bryan…another way to shine the light, and to the Dodgers how you handled this pregame first pitch tonight….you just got me started all over again……we won’t go away, till you do what is right here..had your chance tonight……failed in the humanity department….”
Though the beating took place more than two years ago, Stow just returned to his home last month after spending the entire time in hospitals and rehab facilities. His family, who have sued the Dodgers for negligence, said he still has a long and expensive recovery ahead of him, and will never re-gain complete function.
Tim Flannery himself has done a lot to raise money for Bryan Stow. His band has played benefit concerts and even released a CD to raise money for the former paramedic, raising $75,000.