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Giants' Mike Krukow has no sympathy for Aubrey Huff, says he 'blew it'

Giants' Mike Krukow has no sympathy for Aubrey Huff, says he 'blew it'

You can add Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow to the list of people who have no sympathy for Aubrey Huff after the former first baseman was informed that he would not be welcome at Oracle Park for the celebration of San Francisco's 2010 World Series championship team this coming August.

"I think that Aubrey Huff blew it, and I think him not being included is something he needs to take to heart," Krukow said Tuesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show." "I don't think it's going to affect the invitation in 20 years should he compose himself a little more responsibly on social media. He had a chance to represent the Giants away from the community, even though he's not under contract, I think it's a contract you sign for life ... I just think he's been irresponsible and he's paying a price for it.

"The one thing that never really gets discussed: In every contract you ever sign with a professional team, is they have a clause in there where they talk about how you as a player have to comport yourself in an appropriate manner. Those are words that when you sign your contract, they’ll stop the discussion and point to it and say ‘Do you understand this?’ The whole idea is to create a positive image in the community on behalf of the Giants."

The Giants are in Scottsdale, Ariz. for spring training, and several players were asked about the team's ruling on Huff. Buster Posey deferred "to the people that make the decisions," while Pablo Sandoval insisted that he "won't be sad" that Huff won't be at the World Series reunion. Krukow feels similarly.

"Me personally? No," he responded when asked if he'll miss Huff on Aug. 16.

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As San Francisco and Krukow have made clear, there's a give and take to that whole "Forever Giant" thing.

Giants' Gabe Kapler challenged GM Scott Harris to play 'MLB The Show'

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Giants' Gabe Kapler challenged GM Scott Harris to play 'MLB The Show'

Preparations for the 2020 MLB season have taken some creative forms with games pushed back by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler told KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks" earlier this week he was staying sharp by playing "MLB The Show 20." Kapler's apparently so hooked on Sony's signature baseball simulation that he has tried recruiting some of San Francisco's front office to join him.

The pitch didn't work on first-year Giants general manager Scott Harris.

"All I know is that Gabe challenged me to a game the other day," Harris told "The Murph & Mac Show" on Thursday morning. "He told me to go buy a [PlayStation 4] and get the game, and he wanted to battle-test some new in-game strategies. And I told him that the peak of my video-game career was 'Mario Kart' on [the Nintendo 64], so I was woefully unqualified to play 'The Show.' "

Harris confessed he wasn't much of a gamer growing up, as his parents didn't allow video games in their household. That led to him getting "absolutely smoked" when he would play video games with his friends, but not to him making up for lost time as an adult.

The No. 2 in the Giants' front office is all in favor of San Francisco's players and coaches taking up "The Show." Harris said he was happy with how people throughout the organization are navigating "uncharted territory."

"I think there's a lot of stuff that we can be doing right now," Harris said. "We're investing in a lot of systems in some of the infrastructure that we're building here with the Giants. We're finding some of the developmental processes and some of the evaluative processes are hopefully gonna lay the groundwork for future trades, or signings or draft picks."

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Harris is getting used to his and the Giants' new normal with play suspended. It could be a while longer before the season begins, after MLB and the players association agreed they wouldn't play until fans attending games don't pose a health risk.

The Giants' front office is laying the groundwork for the season whenever it does start. So are the players and coaches, and that apparently includes a lot of "The Show."

"I never really thought I'd work in a world where video games are actually a part of preparing yourself for a season," he said, "but everyone's staying creative and productive in their own ways."

How to make Oracle Park-inspired garlic fries from comfort of home

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How to make Oracle Park-inspired garlic fries from comfort of home

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area will re-air Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS against the Cardinals on Friday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. Additionally, a simulated Giants vs. Dodgers home opener via MLB The Show will air at 7 p.m. PT. 

On Friday, we will not be watching the Giants’ home opener at Oracle Park as we are so used to.

The world is facing an unprecedented time due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that means the sports world is facing significant delays.

But we do have some good news for Giants fans staying home: Gilroy Garlic fries.

No, you won’t be able to indulge in the Oracle Park must-have staple, but we have the second-best option: Some recipes for you to make the treat from home.

There’s a Gordon Biersch version that is rather simple, and has a lot of the ingredients you can find in your fridge and pantry. They also only take about 10 minutes to prep and cook if you want to bake the fries.

The Food Republic has some “ballpark-style” garlic fries that require a few more steps, but it seems worth it if you have the time. These are also deep-fried, and not many can say no to that.

Reddit also came through clutch with a version

These are also deep-fried, and you get to toss them around in a mixing bowl which has the ballpark feel to it. And you get to pour the extra remaining ingredients in the bowl on top of the fries. That’s pretty epic.

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We hope you enjoy a small piece of Oracle Park from the comfort of your home.

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