Because I know that this story will soon disappear into the ether and A-Rod will quickly go back to being a villain for daring to trod near a pitcher, I wanted to highlight it here. First, we hear from Chad Jennings:
When today’s game ended, Alex Rodriguez left Yankee Stadium and began making his way to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to check on David Huff. Before Rodriguez could get there, Huff was released from the hospital and was back with his teammates in time to catch the bus to the Indians hotel.
Rodriguez asked for Huff’s phone number so that he could call him this evening.
And then, from Huff’s Facebook page:
I’d like to thank the Yankees team doctors and our training for making sure i was ok. I’d also like to thank the NY Yankees security staff for taking care of my family, they were amazing. finally, to A Rod for contacting me on his way to the hospital, one class act. Everything is good. It was a little scary but I’m out of the hospital now and with my family. Thank you all for you concern and support.
Thankfully, Huff seems to be alright, which is shocking considering the ball ricocheted off his head into right field for a double. It was gentlemanly of Alex to jump in his car immediately after the game to track down Huff, and then to call him once he found out that the injured pitcher was already back at the Stadium. Alex does plenty of stupid things, but he does a lot of positive, likable things as well, such as his reaction this incident and his pulling a child out of the way of a truck in Boston a few years ago. The positive things simply do not get the sort of attention that the negative controversies do, and Alex comes off to most outside of New York as the source of all things evil. Hopefully, people around the game begin to recognize that Alex is not all that bad.