I don't care what it costs.
The Orioles did an excellent job in the off season of shedding dead weight. Now it's time to apply that philosophy to the regular season. Get Aubrey Huff out of here. Every time I see his face I want to punch my TV.
I don't care if he's a slow starter. I don't care if he had a few good years in Tampa. I just don't give a wet one. This guy makes derogatory comments about the city he plays for that revolve around how difficult it is for him to get smashed and laid at the bar scene on a weeknight. And he's a slow starter. How about that .260 BA ? Dump this joker.
I just watched the most surreal, ridiculous, demoralizing sequence of baseball that I have seen since the Mothers' Day Massacre last year. The O's are down 2-0 in the fifth inning. Huff gets a single to get on base. Adam Jones hits a great pitch, considering tonight's strike zone, and singles into right. The O's have their rally caps on. IN steps Ramon Hernandez. Silva hangs one and Ramon rips a towering line drive to left. The ball is CRUSHED. Any other situation, and it's a 2 RBI double and the game is tied....
Audrey Huff screws up on the bases, not paying attention to the hit. Not only does he clog third by choking up the bases (Adam Jones was hustling on what should have been a run), but Huff makes a late run at home. Not only is he thrown out at home, but both runners are forced to retreat because they were halfway to second and third before Huff and Samuel decide to go home late. Instead of having Hernandez at second with no outs and the game tied, the O's have one out with men at first and second and no runs scored. Hernandez has a SINGLE on a ball that was, I repeat for those of you in the cheap seats, CRUSHED to the outfield.
Now, in fairness, I guess some of the blame can be laid on Samuel. But if Huff is busting his butt around third it isn't an issue. And while I'm typing this they have tied it in the sixth. They may win yet. But my gripe remains....
AUDREY HUFF MUST GO!!!!!!!
Edit: I missed this last night during the broadcast, but apparently Juan Samuel tried to hold up Huff at third, which would have left the bases loaded with no outs. So this has to be laid entirely at Huff's feet.