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Rick Porcello gave Torii Hunter his number 48 for a good cause

Nov 16, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

Earlier today some Detroit folks were tweeting that Torii Hunter would wear his familiar 48 with the Tigers, which had previously been worn by Rick Porcello.

As we’ve noted over the years, there is a long and rich history of sports figures selling their numbers to bigger stars for a price. A watch. A grill.  A vacation.  A college fund. Things like that.  Porcello, however, wasn’t thinking of himself when he handed his number over to Hunter:


Very nice, gentlemen.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Well done Rick. Well done.

  2. dsticks11 - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Nice gesture but I am thinking it is because he knows that he might be traded anyways

    • Just a Fan - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM


  3. historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    It’s all bliss and and love in the D. Awwww.

  4. richyballgame - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Good to know he was more worried about helping the greater good. :)

    • gibbstastic - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      the greater good.

  5. dracko19 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Rick probably won’t need it anymore anyway. He’s going to the NL soon in a trade

  6. titknocker - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Nice job gentleman!! Always nice to see athletes give back.

  7. greej1938l - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Very nice!!

  8. kappy32 - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Ah, very nice. As a person seriously affected by Superstorm Sandy, I commend both of them. I commended Packers’ CB / S Charles Woodson for him donating $100k to Sandy relief on PFT, so I not commend Porcello & Hunter here on HBT. Great job, gents.

  9. xjokerz - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Wow… Way to go porcello. It’s so refreshing to see a story like this

  10. mazblast - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    The needs of the many outweigh the wants of the few. Classy move, Torii and Rick.

    • ltzep75 - Nov 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Or the one.

  11. djjackson81 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Bla bla bla

  12. bigdaddycool50 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Class act in an industry that usually thinks about ones self rather than the needs of others!

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