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.