A year ago, San Francisco Giants fan and EMT Bryan Stow was brutally attacked outside of Dodger Stadium and suffered severe head injuries in one of the worst examples of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry among fans.
Stow was placed in a medically induced coma and was gradually rehabilitated throughout the season as the Giants and the San Francisco community offered their thoughts and prayers. Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds set up a college fund for Stow's kids, his favorite band dedicated a song to him and even manager Bruce Bochy paid him a visit.
One year later, Stow has shown improvement. Although his cognitive function will remain impaired and he may remain in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he made a special appearance at the San Francisco Giants' home opener, albeit on the AT&T Park video board as his 13-year-old son Tyler delivered the first pitch.
Brian was invited to the home opener as a special guest of the Giants, but because he was still rehabbing, Tyler went instead.
Stow delivered this short, touching address to his boy as he "handed" the ball to him: "Tyler, here's your ball. Good luck son."
His words were met with a brief ovation.
Tyler then proceeded to fire a perfect strike to Giants coach Tim Flannery.
What followed could only come out of a storybook, as Giants right-hander Matt Cain threw a one-hit shutout to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.
What happened on Friday, April 13 in San Francisco was not a miracle, but rather a sign that there is still hope. Bryan Stow is a true inspiration to the people of San Francisco.