You remember Aubrey Huff’s tenure with the Baltimore Orioles, don’t you? Of course you do. Years before Baltimore had its Horseshoe Casino, Huff predicted its arrival when he referred to Baltimore as a Horseshoe Town. Wait, he didn’t say Horseshoe? Oh, that’s right. Close enough.
On this date in 2009 Huff hit his first Eutaw Street home run for the Orioles, a 415-foot shot that powered the team to a 10-3 victory against the White Sox and gave rookie starter Brad Bergesen his first big league win.
Huff previously reached Eutaw Street as a batter in 2003 while playing with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was the second player, after Lee Stevens, to hit Eutaw Street home runs for two different teams.
Read about Huff’s heroics in the Eutaw Street Chronicles. Here’s an excerpt:
When can you hit two home runs in a game, including one that reaches Eutaw Street, and not be the story of the game? If you’re Aubrey Huff, it can happen when a pitching-and win-starved franchise debuts a young arm that it expects to help end an embarrassing run of losing seasons.
Huff provided plenty of thunder for the Orioles on April 21, 2009; rookie pitcher Brad Bergesen stole his thunder when it was all said and done. One game headline read “Bergesen solid in debut, Huff homers twice as O’s snap skid.”