Originally written on The Giants Cove  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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No one can know what professional athletes go through to achieve the highest level in any sport. It obviously includes the history of their formative lives, having extraordinary talent and brining complete commitment. Squared.
And sometimes, even all that is not enough.
On Monday April 23, Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants mysteriously left the team for what was termed a “family emergency”. From the start of the 2012 season, baseball fans and sports writers could see that Huff was having a difficult time at the plate and in the field. But no one knew how tough things were.
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy announced today that Huff is on the 15 day DL and that he would be receiving treatment for an anxiety attack. The Giants are hopeful Aubrey Huff will returning to the team within a week and continue his treatment.
In 2006 Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke, then with the Kansas City Royals, lost seven months of the regular season after he was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and depression. Greinke was treated by a sports psychologist and anti-depressant medication.
Last Saturday in a late inning tight game against the New York Mets, Giants’ Manager Bruce Bochy ran out of infielders. Huff was moved from first base to second base—a position he had never played before. On a potential double play ball hit to shortstop Brandon Crawford, Huff failed to cover second base. The Mets rallied and eventually won the game.  
The pressures of performing on a national stage under intense media scrutiny can be daunting. Add to that the demanding expectations players put on themselves and it is amazing that more pro athletes aren’t affected by anxiety or depression.
Here’s hoping Aubrey Huff works through his stuff and gets on the other side of a serious and difficult medical condition. I’m rooting for him harder now than I ever have watching him play baseball.
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