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Matt Bush arrested for DUI, property damage, fleeing scene

Mar 22, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

UPDATE: It just gets worse. Bush’s BAC was .180 following the accident. This article is downright sad, too. Asked by police if this was a wakeup call for Bush, he said “already been there, made comments “about having “a serious alcohol problem and said how he “will be unable to play baseball.”

UPDATE, Thursday, 11:48 PM: It gets worse. Much worse. According to a local NBC affiliate, Bush is responsible for a hit and run on a 72-year-old motorcyclist. “Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver’s head,” said a witness to the crash. “Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly.”

Thursday, 11:39 PM: Matt Bush is again in serious legal trouble.

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the former No. 1 overall pick (by the Padres in 2004) was arrested Thursday evening in Florida for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended-or-revoked license, fleeing the scene of a crime with an injury and — to top it all off — property damage.

Bush has been trying to revitalize his career as a reliever in the Rays’ minor league system. But it seems likely that Tampa Bay’s decision-makers will opt to cut ties with him in the coming days.

The 26-year-old former shortstop has been in legal trouble throughout his professional baseball career. He was suspended shortly after being drafted by the Padres in ’04 for his role in a night club brawl in Arizona. And in the winter of 2009, he allegedly assaulted a couple of high school lacrosse players in the San Diego area while intoxicated:

A witness, who requested his name not be used because of the ongoing police investigation, said Bush was drunk, threw a golf club into the dirt, picked up and threw a freshman lacrosse player and hit another one. Bush also yelled “I’m Matt (expletive) Bush,” and “(expletive) East County,” before driving over a curb in his Mercedes when leaving the campus, according to the witness.

Bush registered a 4.83 ERA and 77/27 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings last season at Double-A Montgomery.


  1. thehypercritic - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM


  2. thehypercritic - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    The motorcyclist who’s head Bush’s tire would have crushed were he not wearing a helmet was 72 years old??! Wow.

  3. jhorton83 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Give the guy a break. He’s Matt (expletive) Bush.

    • ptfu - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      (expletive) Matt Bush. For everything.

  4. mikeincmn - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Wow. Perfect example of a guy who just can’t stay out of his own way.

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      I’m presumably gonna pick up bushels of thumbs down for saying this, but I would not be unhappy to see Matt Bush suffer the same fate as Josh Hancock. When you have shown yourself to be that selfish and that unable to control your substance abuse, it’s best for all that you excuse yourself from the planet so you don’t hurt anyone else.

  5. mjay424 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Matt Bush has alcohol addiction layered over a narcissistic personality. He sabotages his progress and faith. Wonder how the Padres failed to see his character flaws at draft time. Of course, they couldn’t have known all this was coming but there had to be signs that he struggled with maturity.

    Jail, maybe prison is coming. Maybe he should read up on Lawrence Phillips before he becomes, you know, Lawrence Phillips, inmate.

    • sneschalmers - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      It’s easy to make these judgments using hindsight, but the fact is that most high school phenoms (or people who are exceptionally good at what they do) all have some potentially narcissistic traits about them because they have not yet failed in life. Every challenge set before them they have easily conquered. They’re the ones who hit .800/.850/.1100 during a high school season. They’re the ones who average 18Ks per game. They have girls falling all over them. They have coaches and scouts telling them how great they are going to be. The world is their oyster.

      What separates those who make it and those who do not is work ethic, the ability to tolerate failure, and, if we’re being honest, a lot of luck. After being told his whole life that he would be a star, when Bush struggled, he had to deal with the reality that even he can fail. That even he can struggle. And oftentimes, you cannot measure the true character of an individual until they confront adversity. You can try (which is part of the reason scouts are employed), but it is a crapshoot.

  6. lanzurrah - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    The ultimate argument against “signability”….what a waste.

  7. Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Bryce Harper take heed.

    • jyoung1891 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      Other than being way cocky, what has Harper ever done?

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        I was referring to the whole cocky, entitled, my-sh!t-don’t-stink angle. I have never heard anything related to alcohol with Bryce Harper.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        I replied before, but it didn’t show up.

        I was referring solely to the cocky, entitled, my-sh!t-don’t-stink attitude. I haven’t heard anything regarding Harper and alcohol/drugs.

  8. lostsok - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    He ran over the old dude and then LEFT? That’s so beyond weak it makes weak look strong.

    “I’m Matt (expletive deleted) Bush” may soon be a synonym for “I’m As Big Of A Loser As Losers Get!”

  9. scott29va - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Can you say COOKED!!!

  10. koufaxmitzvah - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    This descent into crime riddled madness brought to you by Alcohol, a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball.

    • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Maybe Bush can wangle a Mercedes endorsement too. At least he’ll be out of baseball before kids start looking up to him – though he might well still build a following among juvenile delinquents.

  11. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Was TLR riding shotgun?

  12. Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Where is Largebill now? Mr. “we’re getting silly for calling a .174 BAC ” extreme DUI”. Well, this is only .006 higher and this guy is running peoples heads over and fleeing the scene.

  13. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    “will be unable to play baseball.”

    Oh horrors, you won’t be able to play baseball anymore! How about, you f’ing ran over someone’s head you asshole!

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      one might argue he was unable to play baseball before

  14. deadeyedesign23 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    How the hell does this guy end up around so many high schoolers?

    • somekat - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I would say it involved an trenchcoat, and dark sunglasses (cue the creepy music)

  15. papacrick - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Anybody remember the number 2 pick in 04′? Just some fellow by the name of Justin Verlander. I heard he was pretty good. I think the Padres missed the boat on that one. The Tigers must feel like the luckiest team on earth. I’m sure they would’ve picked that kid if JV went first.

  16. jason1214 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Matt Bush……….professional d-bag. I hope he gets a “new” uniform if ya know what I’m sayin…

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