Monday, October 25, 2010

Huff, Hamilton & the World Series

Of course, I'm disappointed that the Rays aren't in the World Series, but we can't lose now.

Raleigh's Josh Hamilton plays for Texas, and Aubrey Huff of the Giants played for the Bulls at the beginning of this decade. I have some shots of our memorabilia...

Clean-shaven Aubrey Huff in a Bulls' uniform. Aubrey made his Durham debut in 2000, leading the team with a .316 batting average while blasting 20 home runs and collecting 76 RBI. He earned a spot on the International League All-Star Team and Rookie of the Year honors in the IL. This is his locker nameplate from the All-Star game in Rochester:

Huff returned to Durham for the first month of the 2001 season but was called up to Tampa Bay after 17 games. Here's some trivia from Bulls' Media Relations Director Matt DeMargel: Aubrey returned to Durham to begin the 2002 season, but he was injured when a line-drive struck him in the head during the batting practice portion of Meet the Team Day! He was activated on April 24th and appeared in 32 games with the Bulls...was called up to Tampa...and the rest is MLB history for Aubrey.

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Josh Hamilton never played in a game for the Bulls during his time in the Rays' organization, but we did this bobble-head promotion. I saw one on eBay Monday evening for $39.95!

Here's the good stuff...
99.9 The Fan staged a charity event for Josh's Triple Play Ministries in 2008, and I got carried away at the auction with my company credit card. (Can you really go overboard at a charity event?) So, the Bulls own one of Hamilton's bats from the 2008 All-Star Game and a Nolan Ryan jersey.

You won't find these gems on eBay! Stop by the DBAP and take a look...