Bad News for Burgos
Ambiorix Burgos is back in trouble.
Less than a month ago, Burgos blew any chance he had at helping the New York Mets in the final weeks of the season by beating up his girlfriend. Not to mention blowing any chance he had at being an acceptable member of society.
At the time, it appeared that Amby was at a rock-bottom point in his life, and possibly too far gone to be helped.
But he just sunk lower.
Burgos’ violence against his girlfriend was something that was terrible and unforgivable, but could have been addressed and he had a chance to be rehabilitated. People do have the wherewithal to change, and had Burgos been placed into a program right away, he might have realized the error of his ways and become a better person.
However, if the current suspicions are true, Burgos has no chance to help himself anytime soon. Wounds heal, and behavior can be amended, but you can’t bring people back from the dead. Even assuming the accident was indeed an accident, it doesn’t make the action any more forgivable, and does nothing to remove the guilt.
From the Mets’ perspective, it’s too bad, because Burgos would have been a welcome candidate to the bullpen in 2009. From a human, non-baseball perspective, this is a sad, sad story for two dead women, their families, and a man whose life is clearly spinning out of control.
By the way, it’s because of incidents like this that I don’t particularly care for Jerry Manuel’s “gangsta” comments. Everyone else may find using “gangsta” as funny, but the reality is that the word represents lowly individuals who think life is all about flashing shiny jewelry, driving expensive cars, overindulging in drugs and/or alcohol, carrying weapons, intimidating others, and committing irresponsible, violent acts. To me, not funny. You want to “be cool” or “hip”, use some other word or phrase. Saying your players are “gangsta” is about as “cool” as calling them “nazis” — particularly when someone in your organization fits the reality.