Huffman has a moment to smile about
This got lost in the shuffle last night as the Yankees and Dodgers went into extra innings and some of the beat was racing to make their red-eye flights back to New York …
When Chad Huffman lined his two-run single into right field in the ninth inning on Sunday night, he clapped his hands excitedly and returned to first base. Yet the person on the field who knew him the longest could not congratulate him, not in front of 56,000 witnesses and a national TV audience.
Huffman was a teammate of Dodgers first baseman James Loney at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, and the 25-year-old Huffman has looked forward to the day when they would share a diamond again – under the bright lights at a big league park.
“We talked about when we were kids in Pony ball, actually, in high school and winning state championships together,” Huffman said. “It was fun to see him out there on first base. It was something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time.”
Huffman said his at-bat against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton – a pivotal moment in New York’s four-run ninth – came after he got advice from Alex Rodriguez, who told him to stay on top of the ball, get something in the middle of the plate and hit the ball to right-center. The words of wisdom helped Huffman get his third big league hit, not that Loney should have been impressed.
“He wasn’t too, too happy with me,” Huffman said, laughing.