ARLINGTON, Texas -- When most people think of a Bush being associated with the Rangers, they think of former President George W. But it's another Bush, called up to the team Friday, who has everyone in Major League Baseball taking notice.
His name is Matt Bush, and the road this 30-year-old has taken to making his rookie debut with Texas has been a rocky one.
Bush was the #1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft, originally as a shortstop for the San Diego Padres. But for the last few years, the only uniform Bush has worn is of the prison variety.
Following multiple arrests for driving under the influence, Bush was arrested for another DUI in 2012 after he hit and almost killed a motorcyclist. Bush served three years in prison and now hopes this opportunity to pitch for the Rangers will give him a chance at a new life.
"My last agent even said to the judge, 'Matt more than likely will never play baseball again,' which was kind of a little upsetting to me at the time. But, I mean, that was the reality, and I think it's a miracle I'm here," Bush told reporters.
The Rangers are no strangers to giving people second or even third chances. Look no further than Josh Hamilton for proof of that.
So will Rangers fans embrace the latest athlete who's looking for redemption? Only time will tell.