The San Francisco Giants ban Aubrey Huff from the 2010 World Series party
In 2010, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. In August, the Giants plan to hold a 10-year World Series reunion. Aubrey Huff, the first baseman who helped make the victory possible, will not be on the guest list.
Huff claims he's being excluded from the event because he's a Trump-supporter and because he's got a puckish, occasionally rough sense of humor. This is the kind of sense of humor that, until the Left got woke twelve or so years ago, was considered normal.
When word leaked that he was off the guest list, Huff sent out a tweet to which he'd attached a message explaining what had happened (click on the image to enlarge):
My response to @SFGiants— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) February 18, 2020
@mlb @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/tDs8L8kGNi
Even if you don't take the time to read the whole thing, you have to appreciate the final paragraph:
To the fans, you were always amazing to me. And just because I might not share some of your political views (which are stupid) I still respect your right to express them.
That is a magnificent statement from a free person in a free nation.
Huff made the point again in a short interview with TMZ Sports, including stating that he's not apologizing for something he's not sorry for. He makes several other excellent points, as well, the first being that honesty is an excellent way to live; the second that you don't throw the first punch, but you always defend yourself; and the third that if you're too sensitive, stay off social media. It's a short video and worth watching in its entirety:
For their part, the Giants did not contest that Huff is no longer welcome to associate with his former teammates at official Giants events. However, the Giants claim that the reason for his absence is that Huff's social media posts are so outrageous that decent people can no longer associate with him:
"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," San Francisco wrote in a statement to The Athletic. "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."
You may be wondering at this point what the outrageous posts are that made Huff a pariah to the team he helped win to World Series. He joked about flying to Iran and kidnapping Iranian women so they could fan Huff and his friends and feed them grapes. He also tweeted that he wanted his kids to know how to handle guns in case Bernie becomes president in 2020 — again, an obvious joke, although one that reminds Bernie's violent Bros that we live in a country with a Second Amendment.
If nothing else, Huff's plight proves that the Left is utterly humorless. Also, the alleged umbrage about tweets is such weak sauce that one can't help suspecting that Huff is correct: the problem isn't the tweets; it's his support for Trump.
Major-league sports have become woke, and they're awful. They use free speech to justify players refusing to salute the American flag and wearing socks showing cops as pigs, but they cast into the outer darkness someone who makes an obvious joke about women feeding him grapes or asserts his constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Whenever a major-league team shows its "wokeness," one has to ask whether conservative fans will remain loyal. Fans?
Oh, by the way, Huff promises he's got a bit of a surprise coming up for the Giants. This should be good.