One of Bryan Stow's friends who attended the March 31 game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers described the series of events that he said progressed from "intimidating to hostile."
Corey Maciel, appearing on the "Mason and Ireland" show Monday on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, said entering Dodger Stadium in Giants clothing was uncomfortable from the start.
"It was pretty hostile just walking up to the stadium — it was intimidating, to say the least," he said. "There were a lot of Dodgers fans angry that we were there. We got things thrown at us the whole time we were there — peanuts, hot dogs, wrappers -- which we also expected."
It got much worse after the game. Maciel said it started with rowdy fans yelling profanities, as Stow's party was trying to leave. Then the suspects initiated contact.
"Bryan and I were walking, side-by-side, and talking, not even about the game, about work, I think," Maciel said. "Somebody pushed Bryan. This guy came out from behind the car and pushed Bryan into me. I grabbed Bryan and rolled away. We kept walking. At that point my older brother Matt intercepted a punch on the cheek that was meant for Bryan, by the same guy that had pushed Bryan."
Maciel said his group still tried to avoid a confrontation that was inevitable.
"About five minutes later, they came up from behind us, and they caught us when we were all a little bit spread out. I never saw it coming. My other friend Jeff got hit in the mouth and Bryan got hit from behind. He got hit in the side of the head and never saw it coming."
Stow hasn't regained consciousness. He remains in a medically induced coma and has had part of his skull removed to take pressure off his brain.
San Francisco played the Dodgers on Monday night, kicking off a three-game series. The Giants hosted family members of the 42-year old paramedic from Santa Cruz to watch the game from a team suite, as well as more than 80 members of the paramedics company AMR.
An AMR spokesman said about $58,800 was collected during the game in and around the park that will go toward helping with Stow's medical costs.