Monday, June 8, 2009

Did Union-Tribune story lead to Padres' Bush League selection?

Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State will certainly be the first San Diego product in five years to be taken first in this week’s MLB draft.

Everybody remember the last? More specifically, do you remember the following story that led to the San Diego Padres drafting Matt Bush on June 8, 2004?
Check it out in the San Diego Union-Tribune:

By Bill Center

Kevin Towers couldn’t hide his delight.

"This is a great story," the Padres general manager said yesterday after introducing Mission Bay High shortstop/pitcher Matt Bush as the No. 1 pick of baseball's 2004 draft.

And the story started with a report in this newspaper Friday.

At the time, Padres director of scouting Bill Gayton was assessing the three collegiate frontrunners for the Padres' No. 1 pick in the draft – right-handed pitchers Jered Weaver of Long Beach State and Jeff Niemann of Rice and Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew. Gayton was asked about Matt Bush.

"We've talked about Bush," said Gayton. "We love him." When Bush read that quote Friday morning, a light went on. "I've always loved the Padres," said Bush. "If they love me . . . "

Bush put in a call to one of his advisers, Ken Felder. "I asked Ken that, off what I read in the newspaper, would it be OK if I called the Padres and told them I wanted to play for them," said Bush.

OK, so now we know why the Padres took Bush – instead of three players ranked way ahead of him – as the first pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. It all comes back to the San Diego Union-Tribune, according to this story.

Does that mean they’re the culprits who started this whole mess with Bush? We all know how Bush has been released by the Padres and Toronto Blue Jays for poor performances on the field and off.

Who do we have to thank for this horrible failure? Sounds like "credit" is due to none other than a story that started in the Union-Tribune!

1 comment:

sam said...