From addiction to prison to MLB
From being hooked on prison to MLB
ARLINGTON, Texas When Matt Bush was already released from prison last October after a 3 1/2 year sentence for a drunken driving accident, Hmo’s No. 1 overall draft pick was sober and just hoping one more chance to play baseball.
The hard throwing 30 years old reliever made his major league debut for the Texas Rangers in their 5 0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night, Going Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion so that in the ninth.
Think the crowd gave me chills out there when it got really loud when they discussed my name, But everything just hit me, Bush referred to. Was just thinking about trying to be myself out there and continuing to do what I did in Double A. Debut came 12 years after he was still being a shortstop and picked first by his hometown San Diego Padres. There were several alcohol related incidents after he was drafted and moves to the Toronto and Tampa Bay suppliers before a March 2012 accident in Charlotte County in Florida. He was accused of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a 72 year old man on a bike.
Bush went to prison after pleading with no contest.
Texas signed him to a minor league deal keep away from, And he was 0 2 accompanied by 2.65 ERA in 17 innings because Double A Frisco, Where he had turned all five of his save chances in his first regular action since 2011.
To see Matt Bush turn into big leaguer tonight. Very constructed, Boss Jeff Banister said. Stuff came out good and neat and hot. Very satisfied with what Matt Bush did tonight. Struck out on a fastball that created 97 mph on the scoreboard radar. Bautista sprang out before Encarnacion, Who had homered earlier at the tables, Fouled on the net.
After Bush came there are many mound to a nice ovation, Banister met him at the steps of the dugout with a handshake and some reassuring words.
Was pretty unique, Selection, With those guys in your box. I want facing right handers, So that was the good thing, Bush claims. Felt truly great to throw a couple pitches past those guys. Ultimately boosts my confident. To have a scoreless outing the new, It really amazing. Is still in an Alcoholic mysterious program, Has a curfew and has to counteract alcohol. He can drive an auto, Which is part of his deal but also because his license is hung. Those were all temperatures when he signed the minor league deal, And still in place.
Gm Jon Daniels said before the game that Bush had been an outstanding teammate during spring training and at Double A while following the protocols set for him. Daniels said team officials watching him felt he was well equipped to handle being in the majors and that more hours in the minors wouldn necessarily make it any better.
Bush said until the game that baseball is easier for him than the battle off the field, But that he is constantly on the take things one day at a time and never wants to put himself in that kind of situation again.
Realized I not similar person when I drink. I make horrible choices, Bush rumoured. Don ever want to be see your face again. I like myself personally today and being sober. I look like I living a dream and I don ever want this to stop. Rangers first took a look at Bush on a suggestions from Roy Silver, A player refinement assistant for the team who has helped others come back from troubled pasts. Silver had a big affect on slugger Josh Hamilton, The previous No. 1 overall pick who was out of baseball more than three years because of cocaine and alcohol addictions. Hamilton, The 2010 AL MVP perfectly as a five time All Star, Is currently on the Rangers disabled list dealing with left knee surgery.
Silver or Bush father will a constant companion for the pitcher off the field. His father or mother was with him in Frisco.