In Hafner, Indians have 'the silent assassin'
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- One of the most imposing figures in the batter's box is one of the game's most mysterious personalities. Players around the league often ask the Cleveland slugger's teammates what he's really like, and most don't have much of an answer because Travis Hafner lets very few people into his world.To discover what makes Hafner tick, you'd have to be sitting a row in front of him on the Indians' charter plane, like David Dellucci does. You'd have to hear the giggling emanating from the seat behind. You'd have to see it when Hafner, Dellucci and four other teammates engage in an intense game of Grand Theft Auto and try to kill one another off; Hafner's lone goal is to annihilate Dellucci, his best friend on the team.
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Players who have had 100-plus RBIs in each of the last four seasons:
He knows that he had an off year before anyone ever wrote a story or talked about it. He's in a very difficult situation and he's handled it extremely well. Haf is a guy who shows no emotion. You know the comments about his season last year [are] weighing heavily [on him], but it's not showing.
-- Indians OF David Dellucci, on teammate Travis Hafner
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