In an interview Tuesday with San Francisco Chronicle writer Henry Schulman, Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff admitted that his poor 2011 season had more to do with being out of shape mentally than physically.
Specifically, the 35-year-old Huff said:
"I'm not going to lie to you. I heard it. I read it. It's warranted. When you had the year I had before, finishing seventh in the league in hitting (.290, 26 HR, 86 RBI in 2010), and then being one of the worst players the next year (.246, 12 HR, 59 RBI), I've got to get the blame. I don’t think I was that out of shape. I was just so mentally in the toilet. I just never turned it around. It just kept snowballing. Things like that happen in baseball."
In order to prove he means business, Huff has taken up Pilates.
That's right. Pilates.
An exercise workout used primarily by women. Good for the soul. Good for the body. Yada, yada, yada.
The Giants are still on the hook for one more year and $11 million dollars of Huff's two-year contract.
If Aaron Rowand—who is still owed $12 million by the Giants in 2012 even though he was waived from the team last fall—showed us anything, it's that the team won't stand by idly while players like he and Miguel Tejada stink it up at the plate.
You know that old sports adage about players signing big contracts, then getting lazy?
Yes, I'm talking to you, Titans running back Chris Johnson
Might that be in play here?
Huff was doing Pilates three times a week two years ago, when he was bucking for a free agent contract. But, after he got paid, "for some stupid reason I didn't do it again," he told Schulman.
He then tried to say the shorter offseason—due to the World Series—was to blame.
But things are different now, Huff says.
Thanks to Pilates, his body is now supposedly "ripped." At least that's what he's telling anyone who will listen. Huff sent shirtless pictures of himself to Giants manager Bruce Bochy last month to prove it.
Naturally, when I heard this news, I went straight to TMZ.com and started looking for this so-called proof. I'm sorry to report that I haven't been able to find any pictures of this new "Aubrey Buff" fellow.
Don't get me wrong. I know Pilates may be made for a woman, and strong enough for a man—as the video above clearly illustrates. I just don't think you can get "ripped" doing Pilates for two months.
You might as well just do the Shake Weight workout and send Bochy the videos.
Better yet, dude, just resurrect the thong.