It's been a long road for Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was savagely beaten into a coma after watching his home team play against the Dodgers in Los Angeles last year. And while the Giants would love nothing more than to kick off the 2012 season with Stow at the mound, it looks like the former paramedic and father of two won't be making it to the opener this Friday.
The Giants had invited Stow, who continues to suffer from a traumatic brain injury, to join them on the mound for the first ceremonial pitch. His family was open to the idea, but they decided the trip to and from the stadium might be too much for Stow, who is now living in a specialized facility in the Central Valley where he struggles to stand up on his own or have a simple conversation.
"We're concerned it might tire him out too much and set back his recovery," his mother, Ann Stow, told Mark Purdy with the Mercury News.
"I'm sure he'll be glued to the TV," Ann Stow told the Merc, "and be rooting for his Giants."
You can follow Stow's progress and donate to his children's college fund here.