As a die-hard, orange-and-black-bleeding Giants fan, nothing could have brought on the warm-and-fuzzies like watching third base coach Tim Flannery croon the National Anthem this past season.
Mix in the fact that he sang along-side music greats Phil Lesh and Bob Weir during AT&T Park’s second annual Grateful Dead day, and you’ve got a meld of Bay Area goodness that can’t be paralleled.
But fear not, Giants faithful. Flannery is going to flex his pipes again this Wednesday, when he and his band will perform a benefit concert at Yoshi’s for Giants fan Bryan Stow.
“I don’t look at this as a CD release party,” Flannery, an accomplished singer-songwriter as well as veteran baseball player, told MLB.com when discussing the concert.
Proceeds from Wednesday’s concert will go to Stow, who was badly beaten in the parking lot outside last years Giants-Dodgers season opener down in Southern California. This concert will be one more effort in a string of events and benefits that the Giants have cultivated to support Stow and his family.
Flannery and company will also perform a bushel of songs from their new LP “The Restless Kind” that were inspired by the Giants triumphant 2010 World Series victory.
But don’t think this is going to be a somber-style tear-jerker type of affair. Flannery’s band and Yoshi’s artistic director Jason Olain want to make the evening’s soiree about banding together and fighting against hate crimes.
“I’m bringing a bunch of great energy with me,” Flannery said to MLB.com. “The only way you beat hate is to love harder.”