When Tim Flannery heard about the senseless assault on Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium, he knew music was the best way he could help Stow and his family.
Flannery, the third base coach for the San Francisco Giants, has been singing and performing since his days as a San Diego Padre.
So Flannery rounded up his band, “Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe,” to play a series of benefit concerts during the offseason.
Organized and recorded by Kenny Wardell of Bam Magazine, Flannery’s band, along with a friend — guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead — performed in January at the Uptown Theater in Napa. The show raised $60,000 to benefit Stow.
Music runs through the Flannery family. His younger brother sang opera and directed choirs in front of the Pope:
“So you come by our house on Thanksgiving, it’s a four-hour set with dinner in between.”
Flannery told ABC 7 what inspires him to play music:
“… it makes me feel really good and at times, it can make other people feel better and this is one of those times.”
Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was brutally assaulted after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Giants on opening day last March.
He suffered severe injuries to the brain and skull and is most likely permanently disabled, though he has shown progress during recovery.
Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are awaiting trial on charges of mayhem, assault and battery. A judge ruled on June 8 that prosecutors have enough evidence to try both men after Sanchez admitted in a taped conversation that the assault was his fault.
Both men pleaded not guilty on June 22 and were ordered to appear in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing. If convicted, Norwood faces nine years in prison while Sanchez faces 11 years.
If Stow dies at any time as a result of his injuries, the two men could be charged with second-degree murder.