Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Guyer said law suit hindered his play at the beginning of the Triple A season
Posted May 9, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 9, 2012 at 06:06 PM
NEW YORK The thought of being sued for $5 million for his role in Matt Bush’s alleged DUI and leaving the scene of the accident with bodily harm hindered Brandon Guyer’s performance during the start of the Triple A Durham Bulls season.
Guyer, recalled by the Rays for tonight’s game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, admitted as much before the game.
“I never had anything catastrophic happen off the field,” Guyer said. “That’s why the beginning of the season, just trying to get over it mentally, just trying to block it out when I got to the field was a challenge.”
Guyer was batting .191 before going on a 10-game tear where he hit .421 and raised his season average to .294.
Guyer blamed the slow start on “various things, some off the field stuff. I just let it get to me. It was beating me for a little while. Once I overcame that, mentally got stronger. I think in the long run it will make me a better player and person. It just took a little bit to get over it and get back to being who I am and being the player I can.”
That “off the field stuff” is his role in Bush’s alleged accident. Bush, who roomed with Guyer during spring training, was driving Guyer’s SUV when he allegedly ran over Tony Tufano, 72, of Port Charlotte on March 22 in Port Charlotte. The family of Tufano, who is recovering from numerous injuries, is suing both Bush and Guyer for $5 million each.
“I can’t really say much right now, just trying to focus on baseball and let that stuff work out,” Guyer said when asked about the law suit.
Bush remains in Charlotte County Jail and is facing seven charges.