Aubrey Huff: 'The one thing about Twitter that I can't stand...'

Aubrey Huff: 'The one thing about Twitter that I can't stand...'

A couple days after he found himself in a Twitter controversy, Aubrey Huff took to the airwaves to speak his mind.

"I'm all for freedom of speech, I'm all for people's right to protest," Huff explained on KNBR 680. "People fought for our right to do so ... I just kind of got upset when protestors are getting in the way of people trying to fly out of airports. They're marching in the streets where people can't get to where they want to go ... that's where I have problems -- when you protest and you're getting in the way of the American citizens getting to where they want to go ... there's a way to do it, a time and a place, but when you're interrupting people to go about their daily lives, that's when I have a problem.

"I did apologize for the nasty responses that I did send out to people on Twitter. That's what I was responding to. I got childish. And in my defense -- all these years playing baseball, you kind of develop a sarcastically-witted locker room type banter. And that's where I went in that moment with all the people on Twitter that were firing back on me ... I apologize for those childish responses, but I'm not gonna apologize for my stance on what I believe."

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Huff's tweet (since deleted) that started this situation: "I mean seriously what the hell is going on? If you have time 2 march, protest and riot. Maybe it's time for something called a job!"

Huff recently released a book, "Baseball Junkie."

Has the recent publicty helped with sales?

"I'm not gonna say it's great and I'm not gonna say it's bad," Huff answered. "I will say this -- bad publicity is good publicity. I did not write "Baseball Junkie" for the money. I wrote it to inspire people that went through the same things I've gone through with anxiety, depression, addictions -- and I want people to understand the underlying meaning at the end of the book.

"When you read it, you'll understand. By no means did I write this for the money."

Although Huff did apologize for some of the tweets he sent, he also defended himself.

"I really do love the witty banter in the locker room," Huff started. "I always have. I've always been the kind of guy, even in high school, where I love to talk trash to people. College, at the University of Miami -- that's what we did. We talked trash to each other. So when I see people firing on me, that's what I do, and I do it in a sarcastic kind of funny way, I think.

"But some people, espeically on Twitter, when you can't catch the sarcastic underlying tones, really really take offense to it. The one thing about Twitter that I can't stand -- people can dish it out but man can they not take it. That's the deal."

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.

Starting to rev things up, Hunter Pence has big night at plate and in left

Starting to rev things up, Hunter Pence has big night at plate and in left

PEORIA — Jeff Samardzija spent a couple minutes after Thursday’s start talking to reporters about how deep he thinks the Giants lineup can be. It’ll be a hell of a lot deeper if Hunter Pence keeps hitting like this. 

After a slow start to the spring, Pence is charging. He had three hits against the Padres: a triple that bounced off the top of the wall in right-center, a hard single up the middle, and a double to center. The more encouraging plays for the Giants happened in left field. Pence chased down a drive to the line in the third inning, leaving the bases loaded. He opened the fourth by going the other direction and gloving a fly ball to left-center. 

"A good game for Hunter, both ways," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's getting more comfortable out there. You can see it with the jumps he's getting right now. It takes a little while when you change positions, but I think he's going to be fine out there."

The Giants appear set to have Austin Jackson and Pence atop the lineup against left-handed starters, and that duo could see plenty of time early. Seven of the first nine games are against the Dodgers, who have four lefty starters. 

--- Evan Longoria had a double off the right-center wall on Wednesday after missing a week with a sore ankle. He had a single the same way in his second at-bat Thursday. More than the at-bats, Longoria has impressed with his soft hands and steady arm at third. The ankle looks fine, too. 

“My ankle feels pretty good,” Longoria said. “I don’t think it’s going to be an issue going forward.”

--- It’s been a quiet spring for Andrew McCutchen, but we saw the wheels tonight. McCutchen easily stole second after a two-run single in the fifth. When Evan Longoria bounced one to the left side, shortstop Freddy Galvis tried to go to third for the lead out, but McCutchen beat that throw, too. He got up and put his hands on his hips, as if to say, "Why'd you even try that?"

--- Samardzija allowed three homers in a six-batter span in the third. He allowed three homers in an inning in his previous start, too, but he said he’s not concerned. Samardzija deemed it a sequencing issue. He’s working in a new changeup and threw it in situations he normally wouldn’t; Eric Hosmer took advantage of a floating one, crushing it to deep, deep right for the third homer. 

--- With a runner on, Brandon Belt put down a perfect bunt to foil the shift. Belt does that every spring, particularly against NL West teams, but rarely during the regular season. Maybe this will be the year?

Belt later crushed a homer to deep right. That had to feel good for a number of reasons. Belt is fighting a cold and he learned earlier in the day that his college coach, Augie Garrido, had passed away.