Former #1 draft pick Matt Bush is in the news again but this time for something good. Bush has had many legal issues, all connected to alcoholism, and most recently served 3 ½ years in prison after a DUI hit and run where he injured a 72-year old man. Since his release he has stated that he has been sober since March 2012 and is ready to move on to the next chapter in his life.
Bush signed with the Texas Rangers Friday and will be 30-years old when Spring Training rolls around in February. During his fall from grace he has been part of now 4 organizations originally being drafted as a shortstop by the Padres before being converted to a pitcher. In 2009 he was traded by the Padres to the Blue Jays who released him after having a drunken run-in with police. He signed with the Rays in 2011 but released when he was ordered to serve time in prison.
He has not had the best career as a short stop or pitcher but because he has acknowledged his demons, done his time and wants to move forward it makes me want to root for him. As the former 2004 #1 pick he has plenty of cards, including autographs and relics, in various 2004 sets and a couple of 2005 sets but that is all for now. Obviously now would be the time to start picking up his cards if you think he can make it to the big league, but at the age of 30 years old time seems to be against him.