2004 was a terrible year the Padres. They chose to play it cheap in the draft and selected Matt Bush with the first overall pick in the MLB draft. It was a nice story, I suppose, because Bush was a San Diego native and attended Mission Bay High. From a baseball standpoint, there were better choices, but the Padres were afraid of dealing with agent Scott Boras.
Bush was an athletic shortstop and was also armed with a blazing fastball that ultimately led the Padres to convert him into a pitcher. The move came as a necessity since Bush sucked as a shortstop. Hell, saying he sucked is insulting vacuum cleaners everywhere.
Bush played his first full professional season in 2005, for the Fort Wayne Tincaps. That magical season saw Bush hit .221 in nearly 500 at-bats. He also made 39 errors at short. The Tincaps would have been better off starting Venus De Milo at shortstop. Bush was a flat-out embarrassment. However, his transgressions off the field were much worse.
The young Padre was arrested early in his career for getting into a bar fight in Peoria. He was also arrested in 2009, when he threw an alcohol-induced tirade near Granite Hills High. Bush obviously has a problem with alcohol and ultimately it struck out Bush like a 100 MPH fastball.
The events that transpired last spring were Bush’s most egregious and heinous — and that is actually saying a lot. Bush got drunk (just another day at the office for him) hopped in to teammate Brandon Guyer‘s SUV and hit a 72-year-old motorcyclist. Rather that face the consequences of his actions, naturally Bush fled the scene of the accident, armed with an a Dodge Durango and a blood-alcohol limit that was more than twice the legal limit.
A few days later, Bush was arrested for his actions. Thankfully the man he hit was not killed, his life saved by a motorcycle helmet. According to witnesses at the scene, Bush literally drove over the man’s head while peeling away.
Yesterday, Bush accepted a plea deal that will keep him in prison for at least three years. Any chance that Bush had to make something of his life in baseball has been pissed away. Bush possessed a great deal of talent, but the allure of expensive cars and slamming beers was his true passion in life. Bush had numerous chances to put everything together and could never do it. Honestly, I hope Bush never sees the light of day. He has no regard for human life or himself.
As bad as Bush was at baseball, he is an even worse human. It is one thing to fail at a vocation, I have failed several times in my life. However, my actions and decisions never put a man in the hospital. My actions have never embarrassed my family or the public. Matt Bush is getting everything he deserves. Quite simply, Matt Bush is a waste of talent and a waste of life.