Before playing professional baseball, Homer was a standout high school football player in his hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois. He has held Illinois state high school records for most touchdowns scored in a single season and most receiving yards in a single season. He was also named to the All-Century team for Illinois State Football. But with multiple college scholarship offers, Homer chose to enter the baseball draft instead. Bush was drafted by the San Diego Padres at the end of his Senior year in 1991. His first year in the minor leagues he batted .323 with the Arizona Padres (rookie league). He batted .322 with 39 stolen bases in 1993 in Waterloo Iowa (middle A league), winning minor league player of the year for the San Diego Padres organization. In 1994, Bush split his time between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (high A league), where he hit .335, and Wichita (AA league), where he hit .298. He then spent that off-season in the Australian Baseball League with the Brisbane Bandits. His success continued in Australia, with him hitting .364 and winning the batting title and later being named the league MVP. In 1995, Bush hit .280 with 34 stolen bases in Memphis (Padres’ AA affiliate). Bush was promoted to Las Vegas (AAA league) in 1996, hitting .362 before suffering a broken leg.
Bush was traded along with pitcher Hideki Irabu to the New York Yankees organization in 1997. The Padres received outfielder Rubén Rivera and pitcher Rafael Medina in the trade. Bush split time between Columbus (AAA league) and the New York Yankees where he hit .364 in 11 at-bats with the big league club.
Bush made the major league roster with the New York Yankees in 1998 and was part of the team’s 1998 World Series championship. During the regular season, he batted .380 and stole six bases in only 45 games. After the 1998 season, Bush was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, for pitcher Roger Clemens.
Bush played in Toronto from 1999 until 2002. His standout season was in 1999, when he batted .320 and stole 32 bases. Bush was limited by hip injuries in 2000. He rebounded in 2001, hitting .306. Overall, Bush averaged .283 in his years in Toronto. After being released early in 2002 by the Blue Jays, he was signed by the Florida Marlins, where he finished the season. Bush did not play in 2003 because of hip injuries. In 2004, the New York Yankees signed a now-healthy Bush, but he saw limited playing time. The Yankees invited him to their spring training in 2005. Due to his recurring hip injuries, however, Bush voluntarily left spring training and retired.
Homer continues to be passionate about baseball. He has instructed men’s, women’s and father/son annual Fantasy camps with the Yankees as a coach for almost a decade. He has coached countless Honda Super Camps across Canada with the Toronto Blue Jays throughout the years. Homer was an instructor at Major League Baseball’s International 2012 African Elite Camp in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2014, he was the hitting instructor for the Eugene Emeralds in the San Diego Padres organization. In 2015-2017, he was an instructor at the Elite Development Invitational with MLB/ USA Baseball along with multiple other Breakthrough Series across the country. Homer published his first book in the fall of 2015, Hitting Low in the Zone: A New Baseball Paradigm. He continues to do private instruction on hitting, fielding and base running as well as personal video analysis. He is currently the Community Ambassador for Southland Holdings, LLC and lives in Southlake, Texas with his wife and 2 children.