In July of 2006, the Devil Rays traded Aubrey Huff to the Houston Astros. Following the season, he signed a 3 year/$20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles. In doing so, Huff remarked about how it would be refreshing to play for a team with a chance to win. Nevermind the fact that the Orioles haven’t had a winning record since 1997.

Now it seems as though Huff may be regretting his move from the Devil Rays and the Tampa Bay area strip clubs. And now he is alienating fans of his team even before he walks out the door…

In a telephone interview with The Sun yesterday, Huff said he didn’t mean to disrespect the city of Baltimore or its residents when he referred to it as a “horses – -” town during Thursday’s 90-minute segment with Bubba The Love Sponge on Sirius Satellite Radio.Huff’s appraisal came after the discussion turned to nightlife in the Tampa, Fla., area, and how much Huff indulged in it while he was single and playing for the Devil Rays.

That’s right. Aubrey Huff referred to Baltimore as a “Horseshit Town”. And to ask Huff about it, he is not sure what he did wrong…

Not one time did I trash the organization,” Huff said. “I love the ballpark, the organization, the guys on the team…If people think I offended them, I can apologize, but I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong.

So it is OK to refer to the hometown of your team’s fans as “Horseshit” as long as you don’t trash the organization, the stadium and your teammates. Of course, Huff may have looked at his performance in the Trop (.375-4-7-1.256 OPS in 32 at bats) this past season compared to the rest of the ballparks (including Camden Yards) (.274-11-65-.749 OPS in 518 at bats) and realized life may not have been so bad after all in the Devil Rays green and white. That…and the strip clubs. And he still has two years left on his contract. Have fun with that Orioles fans.

Where Aubrey Huff takes a shot at Baltimore strip clubs [Baltimore Sun]

 
 

6 Comments

  1. Robert Rittner says:

    Huff had been my favorite Devil Ray. When he struggled early in his career, I pressed for him to play regularly at third, and was gratified when he broke out with a terrific year. For three years, he was one of the top right fielders in the league, and then he lost it suddenly, becoming at best mediocre and erratic. Trading him was one early indication that the new people “got it”.

    As for the comments on Baltimore, I wonder at the context. I don’t know that show, but it sounds like a typical pseudo-macho sports talk radio show where hosts and guests are encouraged to appear bold and manly by being crude, sexist and racist-a sort of bone-headed attack on what they like to think is political correctness. I always thought that Rocker’s famous gaffe was a result of that kind of stupidity as opposed to any true understanding of what he was saying. Cross reference Imus as well who is probably not racist or overtly sexist but played one at the wrong time on radio.

  2. The Professor says:

    there is definitely an issue of context here and certainly Huff meant no harm with the original statement…but if I was from Baltimore, i would still be offended, even if “accidental” and his reaction after the fact would piss me off even more.

    You always have to loathe the “Well, I am sorry IF they were offended”. Huff doesnt even give that. He suggests that he might apologize if somebody was offended but doesn’t see the need.

  3. David Chalk says:

    You want context? My colleague at Bugs & Cranks, Patrick Smith has links to partial transcripts to Huff’s appearance on the Bubba The Love Sponge show:

    http://www.bugsandcranks.com/baltimore-orioles/worse-than-i-thought/

    My favorite part so far is how Huff goes into the details of when he orders the unlimited porn package at hotels during road trips, he pays the extra $34.99 not the Orioles.

  4. Robert Rittner says:

    Well, that makes my point. Of course it is stupid-beyond stupid really. But who says our athletes are all well-spoken, thoughtful or immune to the lure of barroom bravado. Shows like the “love sponge” or the “man show” and myriad others, even the innocuous innuendo and back-slapping that passes for humor on NFL pre-game shows, encourage people to keep up with or surpass the bad taste as if it will prove they are part of the club.

    What it suggests to me is that Huff is not terribly bright and got caught up in the gamesmanship. Why anyone gets agitated over that sort of thing escapes me; it’s like getting angry at a barking dog. Why bother! Do we all have to walk around with sensors in our skins to detect any form of insult and react to it? The problem is not what he said but the fact that the Orioles thought he was worth that contract, and that would be true even if he behaved like the proverbial boy scout.

  5. The Professor says:

    because as fans we like to believe that the players care as much as we do. many of us realize that is a pipedream and yet we still pretend to an extent.

    it is like when a player fails to run out a flyball or he leaves the team he has played for his entire career to play for another team just because they offered him “just an extra million dollars”. as fans we often invest our entire lives to an area/city/state and to certain teams.

    we like to think the players care as much as we do, and even those of that realize they dont would still like to think they would at least respect the fact that we care.

  6. Robert Rittner says:

    I agree about failing to run out a pop-up or grounder. That, in my mind, is intolerable.

    As for the rest of it, it may be true that fans want to believe despite the overwhelming evidence that it is foolish. But it remains foolish and I see no reason to perpetuate that kind of thinking. In any case, one of the more hypocritical and myopic notions is that players are not as loyal as they used to be or that they have an obligation to the fans and city.

    Baloney. the only difference now is that players have the hammer while prior to free agency the owners had it. And when the owners did, how much loyalty did they show either to the city, fans or players? Remember the Indians trading Colavito? Or the Yankees stringing Ruth along and then dealing him under false pretenses to the Braves? Or KC, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis (AL) and others routinely shipping out their better players year after year. Or Branch Rickey telling Kiner the Pirates could finish last with or without him and purposely shipping him to the Cubs as a kind of punishment? Or John McGraw getting rid of his captain, Frisch, and intentionally giving up a second player so Frisch could never claim he was traded even up for Rogers Hornsby?

    It is nice to think the players have a special bond with cities and fans, and some do have careers like that. Certainly part of the romance of baseball are the attachments we form, and it is tough being jilted. But unrequited love is no reason to tag players as ingrates when they are simply doing what we all do-looking for the maximum opportunity. And one would think that part of the attachments to players is the opportunity to hear what they really think and listen to their criticisms. Huff did not “dis” the fans or the Orioles or the organization. He said the city is less than wonderful. That is not insult to Oriole fans.

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