Brian Sabean didn't want to start 2010 with Travis Ishikawa at first. No one really wanted the Giants to start 2010 with Travis Ishikawa at first. So Sabean went after Nick Johnson. That seemed like a great fit. Nick Johnson went somewhere else.
Fine. So Sabean went after Adam LaRoche. That seemed like a great fit. Adam LaRoche went somewhere else.
Fine. So Sabean went after Aubrey Huff, who was one of the least valuable players in baseball last year according to advanced metrics. Huff was the last player picked for dodgeball, toeing the dirt and trying to avoid eye contact. No one wanted Huff. He was a positionless player who hit like a shortstop in 2009. Sure, there was a small chance he could rebound to his 2008 form, but that wasn't bloody likely.
So, wow. Welcome, Aubrey Huff. Whatever baseball thetans were dragging you down last year, we're all glad that you expunged them. It's a little early to start talking about that six-year extension just yet, but Huff has been the most pleasant surprise this season -- maybe tied with the greatest leadoff hitter in the game, Andres Torres.
And Matt Cain had a down start for him, which just highlights how awesome he has become.
Here, Oakland. I think you dropped this. You can have it back.