Cleveland Indians left-hander David Huff(notes) scared the heck out of Yankee Stadium on Saturday, dropping to the pitcher's mound after New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez(notes) hit him in the head with a line drive.
Holy shades of Herb Score. Or worse, Ray Chapman.
Defenseless, even with a glove, Huff was struck just above the left ear. Rodriguez hit the ball so hard, it ricocheted almost into the right-field corner, perhaps 275 feet from home plate, which allowed him to take second base with an RBI double.
The home team had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but Yankee Stadium, with almost 47,000 in attendance, had turned nearly silent.
Frightening. But after medical staffs from both teams attended him for a few minutes and carted him off the field, Huff gave the "thumb's up" sign. He was on the way to the hospital, but he was OK.
Update: Huff is so OK, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, he is back in the clubhouse after the game. A little woozy, but present and accounted for. What a skull on this guy!
Rodriguez was so distraught, he reportedly left Yankee Stadium to go to the hospital to visit Huff. Apparently, A-Rod returned and said:
"Your heart stops. You want so bad to take it back."
This might be a good time to reiterate the need for pitchers to wear something more than flimsy caps when they stand just 60 feet away from danger. If the base coaches must wear helmets ... anyway, back to Huff.