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My second-favorite Aubrey.
(But it's not close.)
Remember when he was the best post-Kevin Millar hitter on some bad Tampa teams? That feels like ages ago, doesn't it?
Wrong Florida team. Millar was a Marlin, not a Devil Ray.
One out, runners on first and second, and the Mets batter hit a routine double play grounder to shortstop (Burriss). Burriss fielded it, started to make his throw to Huff covering the bag on second...except Huff wasn't there. The second he saw where the ball was hit, he broke to first base...which is exactly what he (as a first baseman!) had done every on every single other grounder to shortstop for the past twenty years! The batter wound up with an infield single, and the Mets would go on to score the winning run.
Huh, that's interesting. We underestimate sometime how much of what we see is muscle memory.
But Huff does not have the answer that he, his loved ones and many fans are seeking: Why a player known for his joie de vivre and goofy demeanor was so panic-stricken on the morning of April 23 that he left his team and flew home without permission. That's not done, and it was a decision that he said would seem "dumb" to a right-thinking person but logical to him at the time.
"Where this panic attack came from, I don't know," he said. "All I know is it was there. I can't explain it. I almost wish I had broken my leg than had that. I can control that. I know what's happening. This, I didn't know what was happening. You can't control it. It's scary."
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