There’s certainly a tremendous bittersweet feeling about this. On the one hand, it’s great to actually see Stow and hear him talk. During baseball season, the news updates were not always positive. So, the fact that he’s alive and actually speaking is nothing short of promising. 

Still, while the positives do exist, they are far from overwhelming. The fact is that Stow’s progress from this point on will be measured in small steps. Hearing that basically told me that we’re not going to see him much better than what we see in that video. That’s sad. 

It’s still hard to wrap my head around the whole thing. I have been to several sporting events in my life and have definitely seen some fights. I understand that happens, especially when alcohol is involved. 

But those fights are almost two willing participants. It may or may not have anything to do with the game, or team loyalty. Also, when people fight, every now and again, long-term damage will occasionally hit one or both of the participants. That’s sad, but at least two people are willingly engaged.

By all accounts of what happened on Opening Day, that’s not what happened. 

This video is just a sobering reminder of a sad reality in sports. When you go to a game wearing the opposing team’s colors, you have to be careful. It helps to travel in packs, never really letting yourself stand out. This kind of thing will happen, and it only takes a few people to make it happen.

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