The Texas alumnus joined fellow Longhorns alumni such as Giants first basemen Brandon Belt, White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks and Mariners pitcher Chance Ruffin in the baseball Alumni Game on Saturday. More than 2,500 fans received autographs from current and former players, while some even got the opportunity to play catch in the outfield grass.
"It's a lot of fun because it's the first chance in a number of months to get together with some of our old teammates, get in front of these great fans and see where we stack up against the current guys," Stubbs said.
Head coach Augie Garrido said the gathering of former players "meant everything" to him.
The game itself ended in a tie (5-5). Yes, a la the 2003 All-Star Game when Commissioner Bud Selig controversially ruled the game to end in a draw after both sides ran out of pitchers. Of course, things weren't so controversial in Austin this weekend. It was all in good fun.
Stubbs was drafted by Cincinnati in the first round (8th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft.
He made his debut with the big club in August 2009 at the age of 24.
Stubbs posted a solid season in his first full year in the big leagues in 2010 as evidenced by his .255 average, 22 homers, 77 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. However, the speedster had shown signs of regression in each of the prior two seasons. His average and on-base percentage dropped considerably and so did fan support.
The Reds ultimately decided to trade him in December when they swapped center fielders with the Indians. Thus, acquiring a proven leadoff hitter in Shin-Soo Choo.
Despite his shortcomings, there was still a strong contingent in Cincinnati who believed Stubbs would eventually right the ship. He will get that chance, just not with the Redlegs.
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