Aubrey Huff To The Disabled List

Aubrey Huff had an interesting upbringing. The San Francisco Giants first baseman grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas, where at the age of six, his father was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a man during a workplace dispute. After this horrific incident, he was raised by his mother, a rather incredible woman who encouraged her son to develop his baseball talents by purchasing a batting cage, even though her only income was from what she earned as a supermarket deli worker while she took night classes to earn a degree in educational counseling.

The whole scenario sounds like something out of a movie, but unfortunately it hasn’t exactly been a the type of fairy tale that would perform well at the box office.

Yes, Huff has gone on to have a successful Major League career, but unfortunately has fallen on hard times. He had one of the worst years of his career in 2011, and then at the beginning of 2012, his wife filed for divorce after a fifteen year marriage that produced two sons. As part of the process for moving forward with the divorce, the two parties are engaged in case management conferences, the most recent of which was held on April 11th.

I mention all of this because it was just announced that Huff left his team in New York ahead of Monday afternoon’s double header, not to attend to a family emergency as had been previously reported, but rather to seek treatment for an anxiety attack that the 35 year old had suffered. As a result, Huff has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List.

According to manager Bruce Bochy:

We can and always will do all we can to help the player, and that’s the case with Aubrey. He’s already gotten some treatment.

We tend to think of athletes as being immune to anguish and mental disturbances, much like they seem immune to physical limitation. Unfortiunately, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s easy to reduce Huff to a fun-loving, rally thong wearing good ol’ boy. However, the reality of the situation is that we know nothing of his personal life and the problems that the faces. Obviously, we here at Getting Blanked, wish Huff nothing but the best at this trying time for him.


Comments (17)

  1. Wow reading all that makes me feel regret for the constant “you’re a bum!!!” I rainded down on him at the dome, and makes me less happy that Belt might get a shot now, hope things turn around for him despite his bumminess, life loves dumping it all on a few people

  2. This is brutal. Hoping the best for Huff – not an easy thing to have to deal with, especially in the middle of playing baseball every day.

  3. Very touching human interest story Parkes.

    Didn’t know you had such a big care bone.

    Just curious. How do you reconcile your journalistic approach regarding someone like Aubrey Huff, which is a legitimate story, and then piss all over the nominal contract extension for the «diabetic» Dustin McGowan, who after over 3 years of rehab, is on the cusp of making a return to the show in 2012?

    • He pisses all over the Huff contract too. That’s not the same as pissing on th player.

      • Bringing up the fact that McGowan is a diabetic, as part of an argument against the McGowan contract, is pissing all over McGowan and other diabetics. The implication is that diabetic baseball players are bad investments.

        • No. That’s not even remotely close. His diabetes IN ADDITION to all the injuries he’s suffered would cause me pause. A physical affliction will do that.

      • I’d go a step further and say it’s not the same as pissing on the person. Also, journalistic approach? I’m not a journalist, nor would I ever want to be confused with one. I like writing. I like baseball. I like writing about baseball. I have little interest in “breaking stories” or interviewing players.

  4. I guess that stint at second base must’ve been more traumatizing than we all thought.

  5. Hang in there Aubrey.

  6. I really appreciate your empathy for Huff and find it very refreshing. However, if you really do wish Huff all the best, why did you include a ridiculous-looking picture of him at the top of the post? I think this is one instance where it would have been more tactful to include a picture where he doesn’t look so clownish. Just saying.

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