Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle's biting comments about Eagles quarterback Michael Vick have caused something of a stir.
As Vick was leading Philadelphia into the playoffs after serving prison time for running a dogfighting operation, Buehrle, a devoted dog lover, found himself hoping the Pro Bowl QB would get slammed to the turf whenever he watched the Eagles play.
"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 [my wife and I] hope he gets hurt,'' Buehrle told Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
"Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys."
Buehrle and wife Jamie own three dogs of their own. In December, they paid a $3,000 vet bill for a pooch that was found wandering in the St. Louis area with an arrow sticking from her abdomen.
Vick served 18 months after pleading guilty for doing something Buehrle and animal lovers everywhere can't get their heads around.
"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 said. "How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?"
The MLB.com story, which was based on Buehrle's animal rights work, ran Wednesday. Sometime after it was posted, Buehrle's comments were edited out. A note was added: "This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs."