Three years have passed since Bryan Stow was beaten nearly to death by two Dodgers fans in the team's stadium parking lot, in what's become one of the most flagrant manifestations of a deep-seated Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
Stow, a father of two and loyal Giants fan, still faces mounting medical bills for the skull and brain injuries he sustained during that attack, which could cost more than $50 million, all told. He's suing former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to help cover the cost, alleging that McCourt failed to provide adequate security for the 2011 season home opener.
Jury selection for the civil suit begins in Los Angeles Superior Court today, three months after Rialto residents Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez pled guilty to the attack.
Sports stars Magic Johnson and Tommy Lasorda, as well as various Dodgers players are expected to attend the trial, despite objections from Stow's lawyers, who thought they'd create a sideshow. Johnson is currently part owner of the Dodgers, following a $2.1 billion deal that closed last May.
McCourt has been the subject of controversy many times during his career, over dubious trades and personnel decisions, a high-profile divorce that cast his Dodgers ownership in doubt, failure to pay his income taxes, his decision to hire a Russian healer to send the Dodgers "positive energy," and a scandal over the Dodgers Dream Foundation, whose chief executive pocketed $400,000 annually -- more than a quarter of the charitable budget.
Now McCourt may be on the hook for most, if not all, of Stow's medical care. The suit reportedly seeks at least $50 million in damages.