Local lad Aubrey Huff recalls old ballpark

ARLINGTON, Texas -- San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff played two years at Mineral Wells High School and then transferred to Brewer High School in Fort Worth, where he became an all-district player.

He grew up a Texas Rangers fan and now he's back home and playing in the first World Series in North Texas. The series shifts to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington starting Saturday for Games 3, 4 and 5.

Huff reminisced about his early days attending Rangers games at old Arlington Stadium:

"Yeah, I went to probably a handful of games at the old stadium when I was a kid, real young. Barely remember it. I remember you could stomp on that stadium in the outfield and hear the whole thing shaking. I thought that was the most beautiful park I had ever seen in my life when I was a kid. I was at the final game at the old park, when they moved the plate over to the new one, and watched that whole ceremony. I don't know what game I went to in the new one. I know it was the next year at some point. I don't think it was Opening Day or anything. Went to that new one, and then that was the most unbelievable park I had ever seen.

"I just remember Dollar Hot Dog Night when I was a kid, 12, 14 years old, just up there in the upper deck eating dollar hot dogs all day."

Huff went on to play ball at Vernon College before transferring to Miami. The Tampa Bay Rays drafted him in the fifth round in 1998. In 2006, the Rays traded him to Houston. He moved on to Baltimore and Detroit before landing in San Francisco this season.

He's looking forward to playing in front of the "home" crowd on the game's biggest stage:

"You know, I think I saw on the game they clinched [the American League pennant], watching it on TV that night we were in Philly, I think they had 53,000 fans or something. That's a lot of fans, and it sounded really loud. There's one thing about Texas fans, they remind me a lot of St. Louis fans; they're very good baseball fans. Big football, big football place. From growing up there, I know it's all Cowboys all the time but they seem to be out of it right now, so I'm sure all the folks are just turning to the Rangers. I'm sure they've got a lot of die hard fans there. I know my grandparents growing up were. They've passed, and they got me into baseball, really. Listening to Rangers games whether it be on the radio or watching TV when my mom worked late at night."