Just when it looked like the Aubrey Huff situation in San Francisco was getting to be its most hilarious, it was all turned on its head. Wednesday, Huff was placed on the disabled list with anxiety. There's no physical problem with his body - there's something going on in his head. In some ways, that's better. In some ways, that's much much worse.
At The Splash, Henry Schulman takes a minute to editorialize:
I say this, then, from experience. Everybody will have an opinion about what set this off, but you can't know, and it's possible Huff doesn't know. Sometimes a panic attack just happens.
Remember, Huff has gone through a lot in his life, including his father being murdered when Aubrey was 7. Huff's career has stalled, and he has made many comments (usually in jest) about the end of his baseball days. Saturday's episode at second base had to be embarrassing. There also must be personal issues that remain undisclosed, too. It's foolish to try to play psychoanalyst in a blog or a living room and try to pick a cause.
Bochy was asked if Huff's anxiety attack could be related to baseball or personal issues. He said, "I don't know if he knows. It could be both."
That's a critical thing to understand about anxiety - while it can have a singular cause, more often it's mysterious, coming from a place or places unknown and manifesting in more than one way. It can be a very difficult thing to manage, let alone treat, so Huff's timetable is unclear. Huff's timetable also isn't important. What's important is that Huff finds his way back to something like normalcy, whether that takes a little while or a longer while.