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Mike Krukow talks Aubrey Huff's mistake, explains why he stays off social media

Mike Krukow talks Aubrey Huff's mistake, explains why he stays off social media

Former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff got himself into some trouble over the weekend when he interacted with some people on Twitter.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Krukow was asked why he stays off social media.

"I know how emotional I get," Krukow explained on KNBR 680. "The worst thing in the world -- you go back after a game and you have a couple glasses of wine and now all the sudden something upsets you and you say something that's stupid ... I feel that I owe the Giants. 

"This is really a great expession of how important sports and music and entertainment is. You have 41,000 coming to that ballpark every night -- and not all of us agree politically or religiously on much. But we do agree on one thing -- we like baseball and we like the Giants. I feel that as a representative of the Giants, I owe them the responsbility of keeping my opinion to myself.

"I have opinions religiously and politically but I keep those to myself because of who I work for, because of what I do for a living"

Does Krukow also refrain from using social media because he would have a tough time preventing himself from interacting with fans regarding baseball-specific content?

"Not so much," Krukow answered. "I love the passion ... we are passionate people. And I think that what I've learned over the years is again -- respect the person that does not agree with you. Have the ability to make your opinion, to make your case and then back off.

"I don't do it because I think there are way too many opportunities to put your foot in your mouth. So I stay away from it. I've seen so many of my peers and fellow broadcasters have one bad moment and it's something that haunts them for the rest of their career.

"It just isn't worth it."

 

 

Giants acquire Connor Joe, who has shot at making Opening Day roster

Giants acquire Connor Joe, who has shot at making Opening Day roster

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants swapped out a Rule 5 pick who wasn't going to make the team for one who now very well might. 

Drew Ferguson, an outfielder picked up from the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 Draft, was designated for assignment Thursday to clear a roster spot for Connor Joe, a utility man who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds. Joe is under the same restrictions, and given that the Giants picked him up one week from Opening Day, there seems a good chance that Farhan Zaidi will try to tuck the former Dodgers prospect onto the roster. 

Joe, 26, has moved all over throughout his minor league career, primarily playing first base, third and the outfield. As a right-handed bat with a .363 career OBP in the minors, he fits a lot of what the Giants are looking for on their bench. That also could lead to some interesting decisions next week. 

The Giants already were trying to decide how to squeeze Yangervis Solarte, Alen Hanson and Pablo Sandoval on the roster, with the latter two looking like tough calls. They also could try to put Joe in the outfield mix, perhaps at the expense of a player like Mac Williamson or Cameron Maybin. 
Joe had a .935 OPS with 17 homers in Double-A and Triple-A for the Dodgers organization last season. He was the sixth player selected in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, and hit .275 this spring for the Reds. 

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The Giants had hoped Ferguson would fill these holes, but he had a poor spring and was not in position to make the club. The Giants would have had to offer him back to the Astros next week, with very little hope of keeping him in their system. 

To acquire Joe, the Giants traded minor league right-hander Jordan Johnson and cash considerations to the Reds. Johnson had a 4.37 ERA in 86 minor league appearances for the Giants. 

Brandon Belt putting up exceptional numbers for Giants at plate in spring

Brandon Belt putting up exceptional numbers for Giants at plate in spring

Before I start this post ...

I know ... "spring training stats don't matter." But Brandon Belt is hitting the you-know-what out of the ball right now in the Cactus League, and going 9-for-9 isn't something that should be ignored -- even during games that don't count.

Now that we got that out of the way ... 

Baseball Reference is one of the few sites that has spring training stats, so shout out to them. And this is what Belt is working with as we head into Opening Day.

A .485/.553/.818 line with three home runs and six RBI in 13 games. 

Not bad ... not bad at all.

And he seems to be having fun despite a small mishap cutting half of his eyebrow off prior to Photo Day, but who hasn't done that?