Aubrey Huff was purposely excluded from the upcoming San Francisco Giants’ reunion and celebration of the team’s 2010 World Series title. Huff claims that he was barred from the celebration because of his tweets and because of his support of President Donald Trump.
Aubrey Huff played his last three years in the MLB with the Giants. In 2010, Huff was a key figure in helping the Giants win the World Series. During the regular season, he had a .290 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, with 26 home runs and 86 RBIs, and was seventh in the NL MVP voting that season. In the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers, Huff batted .294 with a home run and four RBIs in five games. This was the Giants’ first World Series championship since relocating to San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants are having a reunion to celebrate the team’s 2010 championship, but they did not extend an invitation to Huff, which “took him by surprise.” On Monday, the Giants released a statement explaining why they did not include Huff on the 10th-anniversary celebration.
“Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization,” the statement read. “While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.”
The tweets in question mentioned socialism and Iranian women. In a tweet from last November, he posted a photo of himself holding a shooting target that had several bullet holes in them.
“Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020,” the tweet read. “In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must. By the way most the head shots were theirs.”
Last month, Huff wrote a tweet about kidnapping Iranian women. “Let’s get a flight over and kidnap about 10 each. We can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things.”
Huff has since deleted the tweet, and said it was a joke. He followed it up with another tweet explaining the post.
“Does nobody have a sense of humor anymore! The way Iranian women are treated over there I simply wanted 2 say I’d go there 2 rescue them & bring them back 2 the states. And they would be so thankful 2 escape that hell that they’d fan me & feed me grapes. Never said rape!”
On early Tuesday morning, Huff responded to being barred from the Giants World Series celebration with a statement of his own.
Huff said that he was told by the San Francisco Giants’ team president Larry Baer, that he had been “unanimously voted against attending the 2010 Giants World Series Championship reunion.”
Huff asked why, and Baer allegedly told him it was because “the board didn’t approve” of his “Twitter posts” and his “political support of Donald Trump.”
“My lockerroom humor on Twitter is meant to be satirical, not sarcastic,” Huff tweeted. “And that was the kind of humor that loosened up the clubhouse in 2010 for our charge at a World Series title. They loved it then, and it hasn’t changed. That’s not the issue. It’s politics.”
“I have had thousands of diehard Giants fans reach out to me on my social media platforms to support me,” Huff said.
“We live in a country that is under attack,” the statement read. “Society is desperately trying to take away our first amendment, our freedom of speech, and our freedom of political association.
Then Huff pointed out the hypocrisy that Larry Baer is still the Giants’ CEO after he was caught physically attacking his wife.
“I find this whole thing very hypocritical coming from a man who has his share of real controversy for pushing his wife for which he had to take a break from the Giants and issue an apology. All I did was Tweet.”
Baer was caught on video physically assaulting his wife in public last March. Baer was suspended by Major League Baseball without pay through July 1.