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Tony Tufano is rooting for Matt Bush

Nov 10, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

This entire San Diego Union-Tribune profile on Tony Tufano — the motorcyclist run over last spring by former major leaguer Matt Bush — is worth a read. But here’s the part that really sticks out:

Because of the damage his body incurred — because of all the muscles, bones and organs that caught hell in the crash — his every day is filled with pain.

Which makes it all the more remarkable that his heart is filled with mercy.

“People argue with me about this, but I would like to see him make it. I just want to see him straighten his life out,” said Tufano of the man who hit him — a man currently serving a 51-month prison sentence in Jasper, Fla. “He’ll only be 30 when he gets out, and if he can still throw a ball 99 miles an hour, someone will pick him up.”

Bush, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, was charged with driving under the influence and inflicting serious bodily injury. It was his third DUI and he will be in that Florida prison until 2016.

Tufano, a 74-year-old lifelong marathon enthusiast, will never run or ride a motorcycle again.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I know it makes the story less sensationalistic, but gushing over Bush’s talent and his stature as the #1 pick is flawed because he was only selected #1 because of his signability.

    Bush is heavily flawed and it’s too bad that his repeated second-chances ultimately ruined Tufano’s physical life, but that man’s outlook is admirable. It’s just too bad major league baseball didn’t give up on him sooner.

    I doubt Bush will ever turn his life around though.

    • colt407 - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      yea, no history of AA ever helping alcoholics, only since ’33. Wonder what the success rate is for sodomy, those who futt bucks? Now that my friend has been around since the old testament? I wonder, are you in touch with Gamorra?

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        I’m not sure what town you live in, but I am sure there are plenty of facilities that can offer you the kind of help you appear to be in need of.

    • colt407 - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      There but for the grace of God go you, obviously Tufano has more spirituality on the sweat on his balls than you do in ……….

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        That’s good.

        Sleep now. Sleep it off. You can finish your thought tomorrow. But for now, sleep it off.

    • colt407 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      clear the white gelatinous substance from your throat and you can sleep too

  2. sincitybonobo - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Drafted directly ahead of Verlander. Ouch. At least the Pads saved money on JV’s signing bonus.

    • jwbiii - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      The Padres really didn’t save much. They gave Bush a $3.15m bonus and Verlander got $3.12m at #2.

      http://www.angelfire.com/vt/prospectwatch/index1335.html

      Verlander’s bonus came as part of a complicated multi-year split contract which terminated due to his arbitration status, but the major league portions really weren’t much more than the MLB minimums.

      • sincitybonobo - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Exactly. I hope the sarcasm was evident.

      • jwbiii - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Sorry I missed it. It’s just become such a common misconception that the Padres saved money by drafting Bush rather one of the more highly regarded prospects (Verlander, Jered Weaver, Stephen Drew).

  3. happytwinsfan - Nov 10, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    bush (and maybe pete rose) should ask Tufano for his autograph

  4. indaburg - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Tufano is a better person than I am.

  5. danbalash - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Fairly certain that the picture of the man that is attached to this article is not Bush.

  6. nsstlfan - Nov 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Fairly certain it is. The Rays signed him to a minor league deal

  7. genericcommenter - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Not trying to be cynical, but I’m assuming that might help with a civil suit. Not that anyone should have a problem with the victim being compensated.

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