Buehrle and wife Jamie (photo courtesy of The Telegraph of Alton, Ill.) are huge dog advocates. They started a "Sox for Strays" program to support animal rescue groups. They're on billboards promoting pet adoption. In December they volunteered to pay $2,400 in vet bills for a Sheltie found near Buehrle's hometown with an arrow stuck through its abdomen.
So Buehrle isn't ready to forgive Vick's dog fighting history, and made that clear in comments to MLB.com.
"Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die?" he said. "How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?
"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. Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys."Curiously, those quotes, as well as some comments about Vick by Jamie Buehrle, were removed from the story by MLB.com while I was writing this item. But we have the original, the Chicago Tribune reported the excised quote before it was taken down, and the story's author sent the quotes out via Twitter.
-- David Andriesen