For as long as I can remember, two things have been constants in my life: dogs, and baseball. There has always been a dog in my home, and baseball is almost always on my TV and in my thoughts. Annually, my brothers and I arrange a donation drive for our local animal shelter and personally deliver all items and money we've collected. The majority of the dogs in the shelter are pit bulls, several of whom we have been able to play with, pet, and spend time with - and they were all sweethearts. It breaks my heart to see this beautiful breed of dog portrayed as a demon. I believe that all dogs are born as innocent creatures who are shaped by the people around them. And unfortunately for pit bulls, many people around them are despicable.

The New York Yankees will always be my favorite baseball team, but I think I have a new favorite player (well, at least until the season starts). I am now a Mark Buehrle fan for life. Mark Buehrle and his wife are both avid dog lovers much like myself. Buehrle recently made comments about NFL star Michael Vick and his wrongdoings to countless pit bulls:

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

“(Vick) 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.”

These controversial remarks have sparked debates between many fans/haters of Buehrle/Vick, as well as animal advocates nationwide.

I agree 100% with Buehrle, and I don’t see anything wrong with what he said. Some people say things like, “Oh he shouldn’t wish ill on another human being.” To that, I laugh. I would hardly call Michael Vick a human being. Anyone who could do what he did to God-knows how many dogs does not have the soul of a human being.

Another position I despise is when people say, “Come on, nobody is perfect. Vick made a mistake, he did his time.”

A “mistake” is a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention. Michael Vick was committing these crimes for at least five years. He knew what he was doing. And in response to his “time,” I say 23 months was not enough. For at least five years, Vick was responsible for killing dogs in the most gruesome ways – drowning, hanging – having female dogs put on the “rape rack,” and making money because of this? This is just evil. His punishment was not severe enough.

People feel that Buehrle should not have said what he said. This is America, is it not? I love my First Amendment rights, and although people may not always agree with what is said, we have the right to say it. I think people need to stop being so sensitive, “Ooh it’s wrong to wish ill on another human being.” GET OVER IT. For what he did, I feel Vick is one of the lowest of the low. He deserves to be wished ill upon. He brought it all on himself.

To Mark Buehrle, I say: God Bless. He said the things so many people feel but don’t have the courage to say.

And I agree with him 100%.