Q&a -- Aubrey Huff

March 09, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

The Orioles signed first baseman-outfielder Aubrey Huff to a three-year, $20 million deal this offseason. Huff, 30, has played 6 1/2 of his seven major league seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He is a career .285 hitter with 141 home runs and 487 RBIs. He was born in Marion, Ohio, and got married a couple of weeks before reporting to training camp.

What are your early impressions on the team and the clubhouse? -- It's great. So far, so good. It's a great group of guys. Everybody is very positive and upbeat for the season. People are excited about how good we can be. On paper, we are good, but you just have to go out there and perform.

What was the hardest part of being on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? -- Just the monotony of losing. It got really hard to go to the field every day.

How has married life changed you? -- It's kept me grounded. For me, it's just not as much partying any more as I used to do. That's about it.

What are your interests off the field? -- I scuba dive. I paint and draw. It keeps me busy. I don't really paint as much any more, but I still draw. I draw whatever floats my boat.

Are you a fan of reality TV? -- Absolutely not. I think it is the stupidest thing in the world. People with absolutely no talent are superstars all of a sudden. I think it is the biggest joke.

Who is someone you wish you could have meet? -- Probably, party with Mickey Mantle. That would have been fun, just to see what he was all about.

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