Issue: Hating on Huff
Analysis: An internal debate was waged regarding the focus of today’s issue. It could easily have been “Handling Huff,” which would put more of the culpability in this mini-controversy on the Giants themselves.
You know the deal. Fans and media alike have been alternately puzzled and incensed by the revelation that Huff, in the wake of an absolutely brutal weekend in Gotham, left the team with a text message.
After that nightmare in New York, manager Bruce Bochy said Nate Schierholtz is a starting outfielder for now based on his recent production at the plate, and the skipper added that in the never-ending search for even more production, Hector Sanchez’s hot bat is likely to land him behind the plate as more than Barry Zito’s designated catcher while Buster Posey sees more time at first.
That leaves Huff, who’s off to a painfully slow start, out in the cold.
And then he TEXTS the boss to say he’s gotta bail to deal with some personal stuff?
You can see why some eyebrows would be raised, right? Huff’s failure to follow the Little League credo of anticipating any and all action during his ill-fated cameo at second base, which came after a more traditional defensive miscue and in concert with his sub-.200 batting average, calls his mental state into question.
So the haters cranked it up. What, he’s bummed with Bochy? He’s checking out? A text? Really??
The haters could have been stopped in their tracks, though.
We now know that Huff’s been dealing with very serious issues on the home front and was officially placed on the disabled list Wednesday with anxiety.
The Giants, of course, knew what he was battling from the get-go. Nobody texts the boss to bail without providing major detail, especially when you’re pulling in $11 mil or so.
The team should have come out strong, right away: It’s private, it’s excused, it’s over. Leave the man alone.