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Hurler Buehrle hoped Vick would be hurt

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle admits he and his wife sometimes rooted for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to be injured on the field — as payback for Vick’s mistreatment of dogs.

“He 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,” Buehrle told MLB.com. “Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

Buehrle’s comments were later removed from the MLB.com article that was published Wednesday, but the author of the article, Scott Merkin, tweeted some of them, according to the Sporting News.

The Buehrles own three dogs and are active in the rescue community.

Of course, Buehrle wasn’t the first person to wish bad things on Vick, who — in addition to teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States to send an anti-dogfighting message — has managed to have mostly good ones come his way since serving 23 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring.

First there was the Ed Block Hero Award, presented in Baltimore last year. Last week he received the key to the city of Dallas, and this week he was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

“Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die?” Buehrle was quoted as saying. “How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?”

Buehrle’s comments were much tamer than those of political commentator Tucker Carlson, who said in December that Vick should have been executed for his crimes.

Carlson later said he “overspoke.”

That seems to be a common ailment among humans these days.


Comment from danny henderson
Time February 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

All yall white people love dogs
More then god read revelation
Dogs will be on the outside of

Comment from sara
Time February 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

Wow… When you put that type of energy in the universe, it has a way of coming back around to you! He should have just kept that wish to himself, now lets hope he doesn’t get hurt next year.

People are acting like this guy didn’t serve two years in jail or loose millions! Just keep the faith Vick and know that only God can judge us when we die! Oh, and Congratulations on your 2011 24 million dollar contract!

Keep doing it with a smile…..

Comment from Diane
Time February 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

It’s a REAL man that loves animals. I’ll stand behind him 110% for voicing his feelings about an animal torturing, killing, POS vick. KUDOS, MAN!

Comment from Diane
Time February 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

SARAH, he never did time for killing the dogs. Do your homework before you spout off. It ain’t over till this fat lady sings, we will be on him now like white on rice. We are making his HOUSE OF HORRORS into a pet sanctuary. We are great in numbers…. this will never end for that POS…

Comment from Jim
Time February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

Best to keep those kinds of feelings to one’s self. OTOH, I completely understand that kind of reaction. But, Karma’s a funny thing, and ‘every dog has his day’, as they say.

@danny henderson – No one who truly believes in “God” could NOT love dogs, but I’m sure glad you’re quoting the Bible to defend Vick’s actions while simultaneously putting down an entire race of humans. Sounds like you’ve got it all together there pal.

@sara – “Wow… When you put that type of energy in the universe, it has a way of coming back around to you!”
Maybe M.V. shoulda thought about that before he tortured and killed those helpless dogs, huh?

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I am so fed up with Michael Vick. Any conversation about him cannot fail to attract the lunatics, the totally illiterate, the poor schlubs who feel they have to kiss the butt of anyone who makes more money than they do, and the people with attention spans shorter than two year olds’. And then in the other corner we have the gagadoggies who are not even as well socialized as their own pets and who apparently believe capital punishment is best carried out via burning at the stake. The only thing more tiresome is the pontifications of the Tea Party.

It’s a beautiful day. Somewhere, there are retrievers retrieving and spaniels, er, flushing. Children are being helped to read, and old folks are being visited. Pound pups are in need of homes, and people are rescuing them. Some dog, somewhere, is barking like mad to warn his people that there’s a fire. Some other dogs are sniffing out dope or termites or bedbugs or cancer. There’s a whole neighborhood full of people out here in Catonsville who like to stroll, stride, jog, run, and mosey with their canine friends, and all of them are friendly. There’s even a dog sitting in the middle of our bed who looks like he could do with a walk–and he’ll be much better company than Michael Vick would be.

Comment from darold
Time February 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

the way yall dog lovers act is y vicks bodyguards act like they do there are plenty people out to bring him down or harm him i know anyone who hates god kids don’t like the father himself so they must be the devil anyone who judges commits sin every second of the day god knows all things rather u say it loud or say it to yourself it just seems to me that god is blessing this guy font be mad at the second chance be mad at god he is the one vick prays too he is the one handing out the awards

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time February 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

OMG, Anne’n’Spencer, thanks for a superb perspective. I am so tired about heating about V. Yeah, I admit that every Sunday I hoped for his season- and maybe career-ending move. I still do, and I NEVER watched a single Eagles game this past season. This is not a matter of do you love animals more than humans, for goodness sake. This is about an innate sickness of a person in theK high-profile media where his infliction of pain and abuse for his sheer pleasure can be never forgivable. Never.

Comment from Tish
Time February 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Eighteenpaws, you’re one of the people whose comments I always look for because I know they’ll be sane and well-balanced. Just looking back at the news on Mittens and Phoenix, and the recent news on Vick, I feel a cold and ugly stench of genuine racism, such as I haven’t seen since Alabama in the Sixties. (And, yes, I lived there.) Of course it is creeping into our national discourse as well, so I don’t know why I’m surprised.

As for Vick and the entire NFL, I can’t help comparing them to the folks in charge of the gladiators of ancient Rome. In Rome, they enslaved people to fight to the death for the amusement of the population, and the few fighters who survived became wealthy and popular. Now, the NFL heaps unimaginable amounts of money on players to fight for the amusement of the population. And while most of them don’t die immediately, apparently a lot of them begin to suffer dementia and begin a slow death by the time they reach their forties. Either way, the “bread and circuses” mentality is brutal and dehumanizing, and the Vick dogs were just part of the collateral damage. People who blindly worship these players because of how much money they make are actually contributing to the early deaths of a lot of them.

I still hate what Vick did, but I’m not going to align myself with people who should be wearing white nightgowns and pointy hoods. I’m also going to hang on to the hope that a few of us may have learned something in the 1500 years since the fall of Rome. Aside from that, I’m just going to continue loving dogs and enjoying the company of other dog lovers.

Time February 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Go Mark Buehrle! All the idiots who see dogs outside heaven or humanity or scentient beings (I know half of you dolts don’t know that word) are human heartless morons. It’s not only white people who care about animals. It is good people.

Time February 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Dear PollyANNNa
Hear are some crime stats for your wonderful peaceful town please note that most (except murder and rape thank dog) are way above the national average. The first number is catonsville, the second is the US basic number.

Crime Statistics Catonsville, MD USA
Personal Crime Risk 162 100
Robbery Risk 225 100
Assault Risk 230 100
Property Crime Risk 107 100
Burglary Risk 122 100
Larceny Risk 173 100
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk 167 100
Murder Risk 75 100
Rape Risk 73 100
TOTAL Crime Risk 135 100

Comment from Anouk
Time February 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

I’m reminded of this story:
An old man and his dog were walking along a country road, enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to the man that he was actually dead.
He remembered dying, and that his dog too had been dead for many years. He wondered where the road would lead them, and continued onward.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill a tall white arch that gleamed in the sunlight broke it. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
He was pleased that he had finally arrived at heaven, and the man and his dog walked toward the gate. As he got closer, he saw someone sitting at a beautifully carved desk off to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, but is this heaven?”

“Yes, it is, sir,” the man answered.

“Wow! Would you happen to have some water?” the man asked.

“Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.” The gatekeeper gestured to his rear, and the huge gate began to open.

“I assume my friend can come in?” the man asked, gesturing toward his dog.

But the reply was “I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”

The man thought about it then thanked the gatekeeper, turned back toward the road, and continued in the direction he had been going.

After another long walk, he reached the top of another long hill, and he came to a dirt road that led through a farm gate.

There was no fence, and it looked as if the gate had never been closed, as grass had grown up around it. As he approached the gate, he saw a man just inside, sitting in the shade of a tree in a rickety old chair, reading a book.

“Excuse me!” he called to the reader. “Do you have any water?”

“Certainly, There’s a pump over there,” the man said, pointing to a place that couldn’t be seen from outside the gate. Come on in and make yourself at home.”

“How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to the dog “He’s welcome too, and there’s a bowl by the pump,” he said.

They walked through the gate and, sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a dipper hanging on it and a bowl next to it on the ground. The man filled the bowl for his dog; he then took a long drink himself.

When both were satisfied, he and the dog walked back toward the man, who was sitting under the tree waiting for them, and asked, “What do you call this place?”

“This is heaven,” was the answer.

“Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said. “It certainly doesn’t look like heaven, and there’s another man down the road who said that place was heaven.”

“Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates?”

“Yes, it was beautiful.”

“Nope. That’s hell.”

“Doesn’t it offend you for them to use the name of heaven like that?”

“No. I can see how you might think so, but it actually saves us a lot of time. They screen out the people who are willing to leave their best friends behind.”

Comment from Jim
Time February 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Always loved that story. Here’s hoping there’s a grain of truth in it. Thanks Anouk for making me smile.

Comment from carol
Time February 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The problem is he was never charged with cruelty to animals. Therefore, he has NOT paid his time. His cruelty is worst than anything you can think of.