Another month, another one of the H-Holes shooting off about the Rays, first Hall, then Huff, then Hall, and now again Huff
It's not a poorly written piece, but it's written to make Huff into a sympathetic figure, more after the jump.
"I know the last couple of years it got really hard to go to the field every day," Huff said. "It really wore on you. It would get to the point where you'd get to the field as late as possible. You just wanted to get in there and then get out of there. It was tough. Mentally, it took a lot out of me. It took a lot out of a lot of guys."
So basically Aubrey admit he didn't put a load of effort forth in order to improve his game.
This is my favorite part of the story.
This offseason, as a first-time free agent, Huff looked for teams he thought had a bright future. The Orioles, in his mind, fit that description. There were discussions with the Texas Rangers, but after some recruitment by Kevin Millar and Jay Gibbons, Huff decided on Baltimore.
Got that? A team with a bright future. Hmm.
"Obviously, being in spring training with the Devil Rays my whole career, it's exciting to be able to start somewhere fresh," he said. "Going into spring training knowing that you could be on a team that could be a playoff contender, I never had that in Tampa. You pretty much know that you're going to go out there and you're going to be 20 games out by the break."
"It was just the constant losing," Huff said. "Things never changed. It seems like every year you had 50 new guys in camp and they never let the guys jell together. I don't think you can win that way. The core guys they did have were great guys. It just seemed like they wanted to stay young, young, young every year. They didn't want to bring any veteran guys in. At the same time it was probably hard to do, there weren't a lot of veteran guys that wanted to play there. It's a no-win situation there."
I suppose Aubrey's theory that vets = wins is correct, considering the Rays' best season featured the Lou 'Old Man Specials', but this my friends, this is what we call 'ownage':
Only the career leader in games played for the Devil Rays (799) would sign with the Baltimore Orioles, who haven't had a winning season since 1997, because he was tired of losing.
Though players such as Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons have groaned about having lost so many games with the Orioles, none can claim seeing as many losses as Huff. Tampa Bay lost 684 games in Huff's seven seasons, compared to the 636 games lost by Baltimore in the same span
So he was tired of losing but went to a team that has existed longer than a decade and only won 48 more games in the same span?
Aubrey Huff = SMART GUY.