Feb 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EST
Mark Buehrle is supposed to be a command pitcher, but there was no finesse in his recent comments about Michael Vick in an MLB.com story posted on Wednesday. Buehrle, the White Sox hurler who owns three dogs and is involved with various dog rescue organizations, said that he and his wife were so distressed over Vick’s treatment of the animals that they would watch Eagles games and root for Vick to get injured.
The quotes came in an MLB.com story by Scott Merkin posted on Wednesday, which centered on Buerhle and his wife, Jamie, and their commitment to animal rights. But by Wednesday evening, Buehrle’s quotes on Vick had been removed from the story. Merkin posted them on his Twitter page, however, where they remain as of this writing.
The excised Buehrle quotes:
“(Vick) had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”
According to CBS.com, Buerhle was also quoted in the MLB.com story as saying:
“Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die? How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?”
That Buehrle is a lover of animals, even extinct ones, was never in doubt. In December the Buehrles volunteered to pay $2,400 in vet bills for a dog found near Mark’s hometown of St. Charles, MO, that had been found with an arrow stuck through its abdomen. They also started the Sox for Strays animal rescue program, and are featured on billboards in the Chicago area promoting pet adoption.
Agree with Buehrle’s quotes? Hate them? Wishing someone bodily harm is no good, but I also suspect that Buehrle is not alone in his thinking. It proves that Vick’s image problem is not going anywhere anytime soon.
MLB Pitcher On Michael Vick: “There Were Times Where [I] Hope He Gets Hurt” [Sports Grid]
Buerhles passionate about animal rights [MLB.com]
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