Note: In yesterday’s article about this topic, there were, not surprisingly, many comments with strong opinions. This is a formal reminder to A) not be a bigot, B) try to respond maturely and appropriately, even to people who are bigots, and C) use the flag button so we can help delete bad comments and ban aforementioned bigots.
I really, really, really didn’t want to write any words about Aubrey Huff this season. Was hoping I wouldn’t type his name in an article or even a tweet.
But some things can’t be avoided. Huff’s awful, bigoted comments on Twitter weren’t newsworthy in and of themselves, because he hasn’t been a member of the San Francisco Giants in nearly eight years.
Not surprisingly, a few Giants players have been asked about it. Only five people on the Giants roster shared a clubhouse with Huff: Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and, for a very brief time, Hunter Pence.
No word yet on if the latter three have been asked about Huff, but Posey and Sandoval were. Sandoval, not surprisingly, didn’t mince words.
2010 teammate Pablo Sandoval on Aubrey Huff not being invited to reunion over tweets. “It doesn’t surprise me. Sometimes you have to see both ways. Other things you put out there affect your future. I don’t have anything against Aubrey. I hope he learns a lesson. Like I have ....— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 18, 2020
.... had to learn. It’s part of real life. Sometimes you have to be polite. And you’re going to get in trouble for what you post.” I asked Pablo if he would be sad that Huff is not at the reunion. “I won’t be sad,” he said, reminding me Huff ripped him as a bad teammate ....— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 18, 2020
.... after he signed with Boston.@ #SFGiants. That prompted Sandoval to respond, “Who’s Aubrey Huff.”— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 18, 2020
Posey, in equally unsurprising news, took a very diplomatic approach.
Buster Posey declined to say much about the Giants’ shunning of Aubrey Huff: “I think you guys know how I pretty much stay out of anything that's not involved with baseball here on the field. ... I’m gonna defer to the people who make those decisions.”— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) February 18, 2020
In an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, Hank Schulman also noted that Posey said he talked with the organization prior to their decision. Posey said he remembered Huff as being a joker in the clubhouse, but made a point of noting that people change.
Hopefully these are my final words about Huff.