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The guy Matt Bush hit is “completely unresponsive”

Mar 27, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

The Tampa Tribune updates the status of the man Rays minor leaguer Matt Bush hit last Thursday. Short version: not good.

Tony Tufano, the motorcyclist struck by a SUV allegedly driven by Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher Matt Bush, was in a medically induced coma Monday,  Tufano’s daughter-in-law said.

Tufano, 72, was hooked up to a respirator and a feeding tube and completely unresponsive, Shannon Moore said.

It’s just amazing to me how someone who was given the chances that Bush was given in life could make a mess of it and the lives of so many other people.

  1. ThisIsBaseball - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Is that the actual mug shot from the DUI, or a past incident? Looks like he as some sort of smug grin going on there…

    • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Looks plain wasted to me. Boy, I hope we don’t have to read that they pulled the plug on his victim within the next few days or whatever. He sounds moribund at this point. Awful, awful story.

      • ThisIsBaseball - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        I agree. It is a completely horrible story. I can honestly say I’ve never really been around wasted people before, so if this is the look of someone completely wasted, I was oblivious to it. My family has more than our fair share of those battling dependency issues. I avoid alcohol all together in fear of falling into the same hole. I meant no disrespect by my post.

      • cur68 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Relax. I wouldn’t pay any attention to the “thumbs” today, if I was you. Someone’s messing with them, which is easy to do if you use the right browser. The stuff that amuses the feeble minded, eh?

        I agree, too. He does look a bit too smug for someone who should be beyond distressed. He just put an innocent man in a coma. Matt Bush, you POS.

      • plw58 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Nice headline… The guy is in a “medically induced coma” of course he’s unresponsive! What idiot would want to pull the plug on someone in a medically induced coma?

      • cur68 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Medically induced coma is a Hail Mary pass. If that’s where they are with treating this man, then they’ve tried drugs that can “dry” the brain (usually mannitol), increased ventilation breathing (to induce respiratory alkalosis in an attempt to scavenge NH4+), blood pressure medication, full body cooling, and lord knows what else. Usually, by the time you get to MIC, you might really be talking about pulling the plug. Occasionally your run into someone who believes in it and will try it first, but often its the last resort.

  2. marshmallowsnake - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    The abuse of alcohol is a great and powerful demon. Most people cannot defeat it, and in turn, ruin their lives, and the lives of innocent people. I hope that this Mr. Tufano recovers, and wish his family the best.

    • frankvzappa - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      There comes a point where douche bags need to stop using alcoholism as an excuse. They make every normal person who can handle their liquor look bad, and if history is any guide, it is only a matter of time before a combination of douche bags, propaganda, and encroaching new world order leads to a new farther reaching prohibition. We will all be making hooch in our bathrooms, the only place where the government doesn’t have monitoring systems inside our homes. I can’t wait.

      • sknut - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        I am one of those “douche bags” and so is my wife and other family members you don’t really have an accurate understanding on how this works. Its a minute by minute struggle and a deep dark hole, not every incident ends up like what Bush did but its still painful to friends, family members and loved ones. I do hope for your sake you can gain some understanding of what alchololism is about.

        And let me clarify that in way is his drinking used an excuse for what he did, he will be responsible for his actions and should be put away for them. But its a deep demon that one just dones’t shake because its easy.

        If your message was meant in a different way I apologize but I have been there and I know how dark those days are and not everyone has and I just hope that I can open up someones eyes that quitting drinking isn’t quite that easy.

      • scatterbrian - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Does your tinfoil hat have your favorite team’s logo on it?

      • amaninwhite - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        I guess you didn’t watch South Park last week.

      • baseballisboring - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Way to be ignorant. Look, Matt Bush is definitely a douche bag. I think that can be pretty easily surmised from his behavior over the years. But don’t stuff all alcoholics into one box like that, because obviously you don’t understand how it really works. It’s been studied extensively, and it’s been proven that once you become addicted to something that it drastically changes the way your brain reacts to that chemical. That’s why addicts have to quit what they’re doing completely…you can be sober for years, have one drink and end up right back where you were. It severely inhibits your ability to stop yourself. So what you’re saying is not only unfair, but completely contradicted by scientific evidence.

        Matt Bush sucks as a person. I don’t care about him at all. But the “they make every person who can handle their liquor look bad” thing is pure bullshit. You’re right, most people can handle liquor. But some really can’t…it’s not just a matter of will power, it’s a matter of brain chemistry, too. If quitting alcohol once you became an alcoholic was that easy, there wouldn’t be an alcoholic on Earth because no one would want to live like that. I’m not trying to say that people aren’t responsible for their own actions and their own destinies, because they are. But you’re just flat out wrong.

  3. paperlions - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    You know why some people think Josh Hamilton is a role model to addicts? Because he cleaned his act up 6 years ago and has been mostly sober (what, 2 or 3 isolated incidents?) and living responsibly since then….while most addicts (including alcoholics just keep going through life the same way without take personal responsibility for straightening up their lives….like this guy.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      We don’t know Bush stopped trying–however, the effects of this lapse will be far-reaching for him and probably spell the end of his baseball career.

      Though that is nothing compared to the man in the coma.

      • paperlions - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Do we know that Bush ever really tried very hard? Has he ever done more than was mandated as punishment by the legal system? Has he been sober any time he wasn’t in jail? Has he ever been a devoted/dedicated member of AA….those are private things, so it is hard to say…but he has managed to get arrested quite a few times, always drunk.

      • davebrownspiral - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Check out Jeff Passan’s article over at Yahoo dated March 26th. He goes into a complete detailed history of Bush’s life and battles with addiction. It looked like he was on the wagon for about three years before this latest, tragic incident. It’s a good read.

  4. astrosfan75956 - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What a loser!

    • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Not to excuse him or anything, but this is a guy whose dad gave him his first beer at the age of eight and encouraged his drinking until the monster he created was out of both his dad’s control and his own. Then his dad cleaned himself up but it was too late, obviously, to save his son. It’s just a horrible story. Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking that when Bush goes to jail, his father ought to be made to join him.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Because this is helpful, and stuff.

      • Old Gator - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Well let’s put it this way: if child welfare services knew what had been going on they might have intervened and gotten the kid out of harm’s way, and daddy might well have done a little time for endangering the health of a minor back when it would have helped.

  5. rooney24 - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Loser is not a big enough word. This guy has likely ended someone’s life, or has left him in such a state that his life might as well be over. There needs to be stronger drunk driving penalties, as the current penalties are not a deterent at all.

  6. thefalcon123 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Just. Don’t. Drive. When. You’re. Drinking. This message is beat into everyone’s head from the time their a child, are given countless gruesome images and statistics yet it still happens constantly. I enjoy drinking as much as the next guy. I also have the common sense to plan ahead if I’m going out to get hammered. Someone stays sober/you take a cab/you fucking walk. No one is a good driver when they’re drunk…just more delusional.

    I have a lot of empathy for people who have to battle addiction. It must be pure misery to go through that, the withdraws, etc. But I have not one iota of sympathy for a fucking asshole who gets behind the wheel of a car and kills others because of it. What a piece of shit.

    • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      You’d be amazed (or maybe not) at how many people believe things like “oh, I was drunk, but not drunk enough not to drive”. It has to do with a terrible misconception or self-delusion, as you alluded. This is why I go to the same bar each weekend–it’s one of a couple that are close to my house, so if I’m going to injure anyone, it’s going to be MYSELF for tripping and falling while walking home.

  7. shanabartels - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    You’re the lawyer, Craig. If Mr. Tufano doesn’t survive the injuries sustained in the incident, does that mean there would be an additional charge of vehicular manslaughter or something like that against Bush? If so, I’m guessing that would come with even heavier sentencing if he’s convicted. But I’m not a lawyer.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Oh, most definitely.

      • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        I’m not a lawyer, but it sounds rather similar to the Donte Stallworth manslaughter case.

  8. florida76 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Horrible situation all the way around, and we can only hope a miracle occurs, and the condition of the victim improves. However, this sad incident does bring up the question of age limits for motorcycle riders, even though the victim wasn’t at fault here. Operating a motorcycle requires a higher level of hand eye coordination than a car, and 72 is just too old.

    • bigharold - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      “… even though the victim wasn’t at fault here. Operating a motorcycle requires a higher level of hand eye coordination than a car, and 72 is just too old.”

      If the victim, Mr. Tufano, wasn’t at fault what does his age have to do with anything? And, how do you know his reflexes weren’t sufficient for riding motorcycles? And, what criteria does the state use to evaluate reflexes, at whatt age or level of infirmity? The point is you’ve no point.

      Have you ever riden a motorcycle and do you still do so regularly? I do, about 20K + miles a year on Long Island and in NYC. While I can not speak about Mr. Tufano’s MC abilities or recent riding history I can tell you that motorcycles absolutely do not require require better reflexes than any other form of driving. It takes no more ability to ride a motorcycle than it does riding a bicycle. Riding a motorcycles is not as difficult as it looks.

      My problem with your ill informed remarks are you are assuming that Mr. Tufano’s age has something to do not only with this accident but his ability to ride at all. I’ve been riding a motorcycle, off and on, since I was a teenager and I’m now north of 50. And, I’ve been doing it all those years with one arm since I lost my arm in an accident as a child. Riding a motorcycle is not hard for me so I’m pretty sure that a normally healthy 72 year old man would have no problem with it either.

    • jimbo1949 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Blame the victim, because he allegedly lacked the ability to get out of the way of a drunken driver.

  9. stex52 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Seems like we have this discussion a lot on this site. A sign of the human condition, I suppose. But usually we are talking about guys who could be great if they just got better. At this point, I am afraid Bush is looking at a large part of the rest of his natural life in prison, with no prospects for anything afterward. Addiction and its demons are almost beside the point. He had his last shot.

    I am very sorry about his victim, who deserved better. But I can find some pity for Bush, too. Any wasted life of promise is a pity.

    • patg1041 - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      No, no sympathy for Bush. Not as long as the person he hit is clinging to life while Bush was completely unscathed. Now, while I am becoming very tired of hearing the excuses coming from the “alcoholism is a disease” camp, I think the one thing everyone can and should agree on is that there is absolutely zero excuse for drinking and driving. Alcoholism may make it more difficult for someone to turn down the next drink, but it never puts keys in someone’s hands and puts them behind the wheel. Driving under the influence is really no different than blindfolding yourself and walking through a neighborhood and randomly shooting a gun. If you are going to drink, you have a responsibility to prevent yourself from driving drunk. I don’t care if that means taking a cab, getting a ride with friend, or handing your car keys to the bartender. No excuse.

      • stex52 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Pity, not sympathy. I am not a young man. And nothing these days is more tragic to me than the waste of young lives. He is a fool – or an addict, if you will – but he could have been a lot more. And he won’t be.

      • 24missed - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        You seriously think all alcoholics are going to take that responsibilty to get a cab or hand the keys to the bartender or whatever? I wish the alcoholics I know would do those things.

        Believe me, I feel so much sympathy for the victim and his family. I wish them all the best in this time of need.

        What about Bush’s family? How much pain do they need to endure, as well? This isn’t as clear cut as it seems.

  10. antlerclaws - Mar 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    People who get arrested for drunk driving fall into that group I have zero sympathy for. I have friends who’ve got DUIs and I’ve told them the same thing. It’s one thing to ruin your own life, so drink whatever you want, but once you get on the same road that my family is on, you forfeit any sympathy from me.

  11. blackdonnelly - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Clint Eastwood said it best in “Magnum Force” – “Man’s GOT to know his limitations.”

    I get what sknut is saying and I agree – alcoholism is a disease and a total mindtwister. However, when folks are maimed or killed by drunk drivers, the of course the game changes – rather radically, hence my Eastwood reference.

    When criminal acts are involved, those responsible should never be allowed to “hide” behind the disease – it’s just not right. I do hope the victim fully recovers, and I really hope Mr Bush learns a valuable lesson from this, and not so much the serious financial hit he’ll take but the full consequences of drinking and driving. And if the victim doesn’t come out of this and dies, then justice definitely applies here. Vehicular manslaughter is the correct term, I believe, although murder 2 would be more appropriate, and a harsher penalty.

    • sabatimus - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      But of course, when you get drunk, inhibitions go out the window and oftentimes people DON’T know their limitations.

      • patg1041 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        I don’t buy that. I don’t drink often, but I have gotten quite hammered before. But no matter how inebriated I have been, I have ALWAYS been aware enough to know not to drive. Being drunk isn’t an excuse for driving under the influence any more than it is for rape or murder.

  12. davidly - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Drinking and driving, like baseball, is an American pastime. Statistically speaking, the majority of the posters, including those preaching against drunk driving, have driven drunk. Statistically speaking, many still do.

    I’d say, many of you should consider yourselves lucky.

  13. lostsok - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Do you know who he is!?!? He’s Matt f***ing Bush!!!

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