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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.

Buster Posey reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to 2010 reunion

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Buster Posey reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to 2010 reunion

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For two members of the 2010 Giants championship team, the trip to this summer's reunion won't be far. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey still are here, and they'll be greeting old teammates -- almost all of whom long ago retired -- as the Giants celebrate the group that finally brought a title to San Francisco.

They won't be seeing Aubrey Huff, though. The Giants told their former first baseman that he will not be invited to the ceremony. A day after the news got out, Posey was asked what his reaction to that decision was.

"Well, I mean, it's tough," Posey said. "We all definitely accomplished something together, but the simple answer for me is -- I think you guys know -- how I pretty much stay out of anything that's not involved with baseball here on the field. That's kind of the way I'm going to leave it at and defer to the people that make the decisions, and I'll leave it at that for my end."

Posey did say that he was kept in the loop during the process and talked to higher-ups as they formed a decision. He was aware that Huff had been sending controversial tweets.

Asked what kind of teammate Huff was, Posey paused and said it's been a long time.

"It's hard to say. Things change, people change over the course of 10 years," Posey said. "When Aubrey was here, he kept it pretty loose, enjoyed playing the game, he was definitely prone to being a jokester at times."

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Posey said he did not plan to reach out to Huff. The other remaining member of the 2010 team, Sandoval, said earlier in the day that he "won't be sad" that Huff is not invited.

The Giants will honor the 2010 team on Aug. 16 at Oracle Park.

Pablo Sandoval reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to reunion

Pablo Sandoval reacts to Giants not inviting Aubrey Huff to reunion

When Pablo Sandoval pinch-hit for reliever Sam Coonrod in an 8-4 Giants loss against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 1, it seemed like it could be his last at-bat in front of the home fans at Oracle Park. Sandoval was set to undergo Tommy John surgery and entered the offseason as a free agent. 

But Sandoval is back with San Francisco after he signed a minor league contract with the Giants in late January. His former teammate, Aubrey Huff, will not be back at Oracle Park later this season. 

The Giants on Monday announced they have told Huff, the Giants' starting first baseman in 2010, that he is not welcome at the ballpark when they celebrate their 2010 World Series title. 

"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."

Sandoval reacted to the Giants' decision on Tuesday, and told the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman that he "won't be sad" that Huff won't be at the World Series reunion.

Huff and Sandoval were teammates for three years from 2010 to 2012 and won two championships together. Huff hit .294 with one homer in the 2010 World Series, while Sandoval was named World Series MVP in 2012. 

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The Giants plan to celebrate the 2010 team on Aug. 16 during a game against the Colorado Rockies and will give out replica rings to the fans in attendance.

Huff has not been around the ballpark much since retiring after the 2012 season, but he came back to San Francisco in September for Bruce Bochy's final game as the Giants' manager.