On May 13, Matt Bush FINALLY made his MLB debut after three and half years spent in prison following a drunk driving incident in which he nearly killed a man. But who is the baseball pitcher? Click here to find out some cool facts you need to know about the man sports fans are going mad for!
Life is all about second chances, and no one knows that more than Matt Bush, 30. The pitcher who spent 3 and a half years behind bars for a drunk driving incident made his MLB debut on May 13 for the Texas Rangers. And although they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0, it was a small victory for Matt to be back. But what do you know about him? Let HollywoodLife.com fill in the blanks!
1. He was a former number one draft!
That’s right! 12-years-ago Matt had the world at his feet and was the number one pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft when the San Diego Padres acquired his services.
2. So where did it all go wrong?
Well, his career at the Padres got off to a terrible start. A few weeks after he was drafted he was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, misdemeanor trespass, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. He was alleged to have fought with a security guard trying to escort him out of a bar. He was released by the Padres in 2009 after a few indifferent seasons, and another incident in which he allegedly assaulted two freshman lacrosse players in a college car park, while being intoxicated. It meant he missed out on playing in the major leagues.
3. Why did he go to prison?
On March 22, 2012 Matt was arrested and charged for two counts of DUI with property damage, one count of DUI with serious bodily injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, one count of driving with a suspended license, and 2 counts of leaving the scene of an accident with damage to property. He was sentenced to 51-months in jail at the Mayo Correctional Institute in Florida and was released from prison in October, 2015.
4. But credit where credit’s due he worked hard to get back to his former glory.
In December, 2015 the Texas Rangers signed Matt to a minor league contract after he impressed in tryouts held at a Golden Corral car park. That was the only place he could work out, with restrictions placed on him in terms of his prison release and was also where he worked. He threw his first professional pitch in over 5-years for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League, earning a save in one inning and allowing only one hit.
5. His professional debut was almost like a dream.
It couldn’t have gone any better for Matt. He worked a perfect 9th inning against the Blue Jays on May 13, retiring their major batting stars, including Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion.
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