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The Aybar Saga Worsens

It is now apparent that utility infielder Willy Aybar is in the midst of something very bad and possibly very destructive. He is for lack of a better word, AWOL. He is absent from his team, from his friends, and from his family. The AJC spells it out:

Willy Aybar's mother, Angels star Vladimir Guerrero and others have been unsuccessful in attempts to contact the suspended Braves infielder, who has a substance-abuse problem and failed to show for a scheduled meeting in New York with Major League Baseball officials.

"I feel bad for my mom -- she's crying every day," Angels infielder Erik Aybar, Willy's younger brother, told the Los Angeles Times. "He won't answer the phone for her, too."

Something is going on with him, and I just hope the people that care about Willy can help him before it's too late.

"I'd never known him to have any drug or alcohol problems in the Dominican," Erik Aybar said. "He's a different guy [now]. I don't know what's going on with Willy."

It sounds like Erik needs to take some bereavement leave from the Angels, fly his family up to Boston - where Willy is apparently staying - and have some sort of intervention, and get him some help now. This situation is more important than baseball, and I hope everyone treats it that way.

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