What Tim Flannery Really Wanted

Giants coach Tim Flannery blasted the Dodgers organization this week because they chose not to take advantage of a ten-year-old fan to satisfy Flannery's agenda.

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Casey Johnstone is the Bay Area 5th grader and Dodgers fan who lectured his bandwagon classmates about the value of sticking with your team. The video went viral and Johnstone was invited to throw out the first pitch this past Tuesday.

Johnstone made $200 in ad money off the video and donated it to Bryan Stow, the Giants fan brutally beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day in 2011. Stow is still recovering and his family is still in a legal fight with the Dodgers over security issues.

Flannery got pissed off because the Dodgers didn't mention the donation when Johnstone was introduced to the crowd. He later vented on Facebook:

"Tonight the Dodgers did something that really pissed me off...yeah they beat us, they are better this time around, but this is about other stuff..they honored Casey Johnstone the kid who made a video and gave his $200 bucks to Bryan Stow...but the Dodgers never ever mentioned What the kid did with his money, or Bryan's name."

CBS Sports writer Dayn Perry is one of the many who are speculating the silence was the result of the ongoing legal issues between the team and the Stow family.

I've got a better reason why the Dodgers didn't do it. It has nothing to do with lawyers and everything to do with common sense and the humanity Flannery himself chastised the team for not having:

It would be complete chicken shit to trot a little boy onto the field and use him and his $200 donation for a public mea culpa on an unrelated issue.

Mentioning the donation matter-of-factly would've been viewed by critics as a cynical and gutless way for the organization to publicly apologize for the Stow beating. A boy's cute struggle against his rival classmates should be capitalized on in order to release a profound public statement about a brutal beating?

Flannery is an empathetic man who's very involved in helping Stow's recovery. He raises money through his band and has invested a lot of his time and energy making sure Stow isn't forgotten. He's also interested in seeing the Dodgers be held responsible for the beating.

Make no mistake, those are two separate issues. It's one thing to help Stow, it's another to assign legal or moral blame and the consequences that come with it.

Flannery is deeply involved in Stow's recovery and in the great Dodgers-Giants rivalry. Unfortunately, mixing those passions clouded his judgment so much, he actually said the Dodgers should've hid behind a little boy to pacify his own moral outrage.

I guess Flannery was intentionally trying to be ironic when he closed his Facebook rant by saying the Dodgers "failed in the humanity department."


Tim Flannery, a career .255 hitter turned guitarist turned off-base moral arbiter.