Aubrey Huff became the latest position player to report early, joining Jay Payton, Nick Markakis, Jeff Fiorentino, Jason Dubois, Cory Keylor and Adam Stern.
Huff was extremely pleasant while talking to reporters. So far, he's made a great impression, which contradicts a reputation that might have been exaggerated. Or perhaps a fresh start has done wonders for him. Or maybe it's too early to form a definitive opinion.
Either way, he's been terrific to deal with so far.
Huff knows quite a few of the Orioles, having been teammates with Chris Gomez, Danys Baez and Rob Bell with Tampa Bay, and having the same agent as Jay Gibbons. He also faced Brian Roberts in college while playing for the University of Miami.
Huff said he's never been so excited to be in a big league camp. He also called the Orioles' lineup, one through nine, "one of the most balanced offenses in baseball."
Jaret Wright also has made a strong first impression. He spent part of the morning joking with reporters, especially after one Florida scribe locked him up for an extended period, firing off question after question.
When another reporter approached Wright seconds later with an interview request, Wright politely asked if it could be done later. "That last one took a lot out of me," he said, smiling.
J.R. House looked good in batting practice today, hitting off non-roster pitcher Michael Doyne.
For those of you who care, Hayden Penn shaved off his mustache.