Tony Tufano is rooting for Matt Bush

15 Comments

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.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

Getty Images
1 Comment

The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.