June 22, 2004

What NOT to do after being drafted.

Let us say you’re the surprise first player picked in the MLB draft. Your hometown team, the one you’ve rooted for all your life, offers you a truckload of money to sign. It’s a smaller truckload than some, but still more that you’ll need. You spend the next couple of weeks walking around in your very own jersey. What to do while you wait for rookie ball to start? Why, if you happen to be Matt Bush of the Padres, you get your stupid ass arrested. The 18-year old recent high school graduate (recent as in last freakin’ week) was arrested yesterday following an altercation at a Arizona bar. An altercation meaning he bit the bouncer who tried to kick him out.

Look, this doesn’t mean that Bush is some sort of head case, but it is worrisome that three weeks after the draft he’s arrested in a bar. As a high-school draftee, he has a long way to go, and this is not the best way to start.

I haven’t weighed in on this, but I understand why the Padres took Bush over Stephen Drew and Jared Weaver. Neither of them is worth the exorbitant demands they reportedly made. This was a lousy draft, and it’s the Padres bad luck they ended up with this first pick instead of next year, when Justin Upton, who is supposedly better than his brother BJ, will be the best player available.

Posted by Frinklin at June 22, 2004 06:24 PM

I suppose it could be worse. He could have celebrated his new found good fortune by overdosing on cocaine, a lá Len Bias.

Posted by: John at June 23, 2004 03:26 AM
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