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Giants say they won't include Aubrey Huff in 2010 World Series reunion

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Giants say they won't include Aubrey Huff in 2010 World Series reunion

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants do celebrations and nostalgia better than anyone, and quite a bit of time will be devoted this season to looking back at the 2010 team that finally brought a title to San Francisco. But a key member of that team will not be invited to Oracle Park because of tweets he sent this offseason. 

The Giants have told Aubrey Huff, the starting first baseman on that team, that he is not welcome at the ballpark when they celebrate the 2010 championship. 

"Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion," the organization said Monday in a statement. "Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision."

The Athletic first reported Monday that Huff would not be included, and the 43-year-old told the website that he was "shocked" and "disappointed" by the decision.

"If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be having a reunion," Huff told The Athletic. "But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive b------t, that's fine."

Huff hit .290 with 26 homers for the 2010 Giants and then dropped off over the next two years. He resurfaced years later with a Twitter account that often goes for shock value but crossed the line two notable times in the offseason. Giants officials were particularly taken aback by two tweets. 

In November, Huff tweeted a photo from a gun range with the caption "Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event" that Bernie Sanders beats Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In January, he tweeted about taking a flight to Iran to "kidnap about 10" women, writing "bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things."

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Huff has not been around the ballpark much since retiring, but he came back to San Francisco in September for Bruce Bochy's final game, receiving a mixed reaction from the crowd. 

The Giants plan to celebrate the 2010 team on Aug. 16 and give out replica rings to the fans in attendance.

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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Travis Ishikawa's NLCS walk-off came with hilarious Jake Peavy moment

Travis Ishikawa's NLCS walk-off came with hilarious Jake Peavy moment

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS on Friday, April 3 at 1:35 on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Whenever this season starts, it'll be my ninth covering the Giants, and I'm often asked which moment over that time is most memorable. For me, it's an easy answer. No matter how long I do this, I don't think anything will ever be more entertaining than the night I stood on the infield dirt at Oracle Park and asked Jake Peavy a simple question.

"What were you doing?!?!"

A few minutes after Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 2014 National League Championship Series landed in the arcade, reporters were let out onto the field to interview players as they were honored as champions of the National League. It was mayhem, and in the middle of it, Peavy started laughing as a group approached. He had just tried to stop Ishikawa as he rounded third, and he gave an all-time explanation when asked what had happened. This, from my game story that night, just about sums it up:

There are certain moments that become indelible during a championship run, and the Giants have plenty that can be summed up with a word or two. Looking back on that postseason alone, you can recall vivid memories just by hearing things like "Crawford's slam," "18 innings," "Morse's homer," "Blanco's bunt," and, of course, "Game 7."

When it comes to the game-winner in the NLCS, all anyone has to hear is "Travis Ishikawa." If you watched that game, you'll never forget where you were when it ended, and that's why it's a perfect choice for what the Giants are doing Friday.

This was supposed to be their home opener, but COVID-19 has changed plans for all of us. Instead, stay home, stay safe and take part in "Opening Day at Home."

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The Giants are encouraging their fans to stay in and watch a re-broadcast of the Ishikawa Game at 1:35 p.m. It will air on NBC Sports Bay Area and stream online at sfgiants.com. The stream also will be available on all of the organization's social channels, from YouTube to Facebook to Twitter. On Twitter -- it's @sfgiants, of course -- there will be special appearances, with Renel Brooks-Moon providing the lineups, Peavy performing the national anthem, and Mike Krukow providing a surprise message. 

That was a special game, and hopefully, it helps you all get through the end of another week of sheltering in place. Stay safe and enjoy it. Oh, and be careful when opening that pack of gum.

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