“He got himself in a funk. And what went on might have been a residual effect of maybe not doing enough during the off-season. And he knows that.” - Brian Sabean
This wasn't exactly a brand new bomb that dropped during the end of the season press conference but now that the cat is out of the bag it raises a bunch of questions that make the Giants management kind of look like idiots.
If Huff was so out of shape why did he continue to play everyday? Why did he get such a long rope after not putting in the work in the off-season? Were there any sorts of repercussions or punishments for him not coming into camp in shape?
I bet the answers can be summed up like this:
- Because he is a proven vet.
- He has a track record of success and we don't let things like poor conditioning and an obvious drop in productivity sway us.
- Of course not. He is a veteran and they have free reign to do what he wants.
I guess I appreciate the honesty that Sabean showed in at least admitting that Huff wasn't in the best of shape this year but it smacks of an excuse for the player that he gave a fairly large contract to that makes the front office look stupid.
It is like he is trying to push blame on to Huff, he is saying "Hey it's not my fault he sucked. He didn't come into the season prepared."
Well if that was the case and he wasn't in baseball shape you could have done something about it. I don't know... maybe something like not playing him when it was fairly obvious that he was something that dragged the team down.