Mark Buehrle in Search of Media Filter

by Jeeves

I think we all heard it as a kid, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all.” Unfortunately, for his sake, Mark Buehrle decided not to heed the advice of mother’s and father’s all over the country when he was quoted 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?” said (Buehrle). “How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?

“(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.”

Those quotes were from an interview he gave on MLB.com about the charity work he’s done with stray dogs. (The quotes have since been scrubbed from the article). Buehrle famously paid for the vet bills for a dog that was found with an arrow piercing its side; he’s a good man and he clearly loves dogs. The sad thing is that from here on out, anytime anyone thinks of Mark Buehrle and dogs, they’ll think of this quote and not all the good he does.

I love Mark Buehrle, in a sports  and platonic context. He’s a good pitcher, he works quickly, he is nice, he is forthright, he does charity work, he’s loyal to the team, he used to do this during rain delays:

he pitched a perfect game and a no hitter, he was really cool to my friend when he threw out the first pitch at a Sox game, I could go on and on. And no matter how highly I think of him, he is in the wrong here. It’s one thing to privately wish harm on another person. I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s a bit seedy, but in the grand scheme of things, thinking that inside your head isn’t so bad. I’m sure thousands of people thought the same thing about Michael Vick over the past year. However (or as Steven A. Smith would say, HOWEVA), you just cannot, under any circumstances air out those feelings through the media. It’s just not the way our society works. There was no way for those words to be interpreted, other than negatively (with regards to Buehrle). Those are the type of comments that you need to filter out, especially when you’re on the record.

Michael Vick made a mistake, and he’s paid his debt to society. Mark Buehrle made a much, much smaller mistake and he’ll now have to pay his debt in the form of being analyzed and ripped on by the media, bloggers, pundits and really anybody else who has an opinion. Here’s hoping things blow over quickly, because when it comes down to it, Buehrle is a good man. He’s an animal lover who went a little overboard in some personal statements. Let’s keep in perspective and keep the real barbs handy in case he decides to go Jeff Gillooly on Vick.

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