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Catching up with the man Matt Bush almost killed

May 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Matt Bush mugshot

Former Rays prospect Matt Bush is in jail for almost killing a man in a drunken hit-and-run accident last year. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times catches up with Bush’s victim, Tony Tufano:

Tufano, speaking publicly for the first time, said Wednesday that while he doesn’t remember the crash, the pain he feels is a daily reminder. Tufano hopes Bush can turn his life around, but he believes both Bush and the Rays should share some responsibility in what happened.

“He (messed) me up, plain and simple,” Tufano told the Tampa Bay Times. “To put it in a nutshell, and it sounds crazy, but I still feel deformed. I don’t feel like I have the body I had before. … They say, that’s what happened to me. But if that … jerk wasn’t out there drunk, we wouldn’t be talking right now.”

True. I don’t really buy the notion that the Rays have any legal responsibility here and chalk that part up to a lawyer looking for a deep pocket, but Tufano’s anger is understandable. Still, he has some charitable words for Bush, hoping that he uses his time in prison to turn his life around and noting that he’ll still be young when finishes his four year, three months sentence.

  1. bsbiz - May 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Good thing he wasn’t on steroids or he’d never play baseball again.

    • flamethrower101 - May 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Maybe he was and that’s why he’s in the position he’s in

      • jarathen - May 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Conjecture adds nothing to the conversation.

    • bigleagues - May 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Good thing steroids were once a problem, otherwise, apparently, we’d have nothing else to discuss under this blog post.

    • coryfor3 - May 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      If all he did was take steroids, Craig would be on his side.

  2. deathmonkey41 - May 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Nah, the Red Sox would probably pick him up then.

    • bigleagues - May 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Obvious tr0ll is OBVIOUS.

  3. materialman80 - May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    How many hundred million did they pay for him????

    • raysfan1 - May 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      The Padres, the team that drafted him, gave him a $0.0315 “hundred million” (ie $3.15 million) signing bonus in 2004. He was never more than a minor league prospect for the Rays.

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        So, $20 hundred million?

  4. papacrick - May 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    How’s that Verlander guy doing who was drafted the pick after him?

    • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Facing Darvish today.

    • kevinbnyc - May 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM


      • tuberippin - May 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM


  5. js20011041 - May 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Bush really kind of fits the scumbag factory they’re building down here in Tampa. Lets be honest here. When Luke Scott is one of your model citizens, something is fucked up. Wouldn’t you have to feel dirty rooting for this team?

    • psuorioles - May 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Luke Scott has never nearly killed somebody from a DUI… just because you disagree with his political views, doesn’t make him a scumbag.

      • js20011041 - May 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        True, disagreeing with him doesn’t automatically make him a scumbag. I believe throwing banana chips at Felix Pie and calling him a savage does that. That’s small beans, however. This organization has made it a point to go out and get noted bad character guys. Bush, Escobar, Scott, and let’s not forget convicted rapist Josh Lueke. The fact that this organization traded for him AFTER his conviction was public knowledge is disgusting. That alone is enough to hope this organzation suffers years of failure.

      • raysfan1 - May 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Guess your favorite team is 100% populated by choir boys and Eagle Scouts.

      • js20011041 - May 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        Probably not. But I’m reasonably sure they haven’t acquired a known rapist. It’s ok. I know Rays fans wouldn’t understand that it’s not normal behavior to sodomize unconscious women.

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