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Video of the Day: Torii Hunter shares his thoughts on the Tigers-White Sox fight yesterday

Jul 12, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Torii Hunter: master question-evader.

Watch the eyes. And next time someone asks you a hard question, say “hot tamale.”

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I don’t care what my contract says, the media would get absolutely nothing of substance from me. All these guys do is try and bait players into saying something that they can spin into some soap opera-style feud that transcends the game. Nothing but a bunch of blood sucking leeches.

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      This isn’t the NFL or NBA. MLB actually does not require players to talk to the media after games. Players can say absolutely nothing to them all year if they choose. One of the reasons Manny was so heavily vilified by the Boston media was because he refused to talk to them. He would talk to them once in spring training, and that was usually it.

      • sandpiperair - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Manny was not vilified by the Boston media. He did that to himself by shoving the travelling secretary and acting like an idiot.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        I agree that he deserved criticism for many issues…but they were all over him LONG before that. The local media was trashing him daily before they had any reason to…and then once they had a reason, they felt vindicated for being asses before hand.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Yeah, and look at all the crap that Miggy took last year when he didn’t talk to the press.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Did he? I don’t remember that….what for?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        When we were losing in the playoffs and he skipped a post-game press conference people complained. I forget which one but one of the team members called him out for it too. Craigy did a post on it.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Oh well, I’m sure he could have provided great answers to their insightful questions like….what were you thinking when this good/bad thing happened? Or how do you like your chances of coming back to win the series? or whatever other completely useless question always is asked in post-game interviews.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        I always love it when they ask how players feel about losing. What are you supposed to say besides “it f*cking sucks”?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Absolutely Captain! I would answer every question with something along the lines of…
      “I am a very good bowler.” Or…”I never have been able to snow ski very well.”
      Or possibly…”liver and onions have never been my thing.”

  2. jerze2387 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    he was givin em the seduction eyes…

  3. paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Fantastic responses by Hunter.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Why didn’t he do that on the gay marriage question?! We could still be together. :(

      • Kleinz 57 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        My thoughts *exactly.* The guy can obviously carry himself well when he wants to.

  4. 161andriver - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Torii Hunter showed more emotion in 15 seconds of eye movement than Derek Jeter has in 20 years of interviews.

  5. tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Hot tamale!

  6. tanzkommandant - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    He should have also shared more of his views on how anyone that does not lead a heterosexual lifestyle deserves less freedom & rights.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Apparently he is not entitled to hold an opinion that you disagree with.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Dan is the winner!

  7. tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Interesting comment from Lynn Henning of the Detroit News regarding Leyland’s not speaking to the media yesterday: Rather than have staffers steer media into the clubhouse for 25 minutes, only to relay word later that he wasn’t talking, Leyland should have simply told his questioners and audience afterward: “Folks, I have no comments today on the game or on anything relating to it.” And that would have been that.

    Based on the way that the Hunter questioning went, I don’t believe the reporters would have simply dropped the matter right away if Leyland said he had no comment. It was easier to not even give them a chance to press too hard.

    • jm91rs - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Nice idea in theory, but when have you ever seen a reporter accept “no comment” as an answer? They’ll pester and ask the same question over and over again until someone gets pissed enough to make a spectacle and then the reporter has a story to write.

      • tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        That’s what I was saying. The first paragraph was the quote from Henning. The second paragraph was my opinion.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I think Leyland was waaaaaay too hot to just say “no comment.”

      • tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        That is also true.

  8. sometogethernow - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I hadn’t seen anything of this fight before now so I went and watched the video on the MLB website.

    Was Sale’s reaction after hitting Fielder (the first offense, ostensibly) pure theater or was it a genuine grimace about a pitch that got away? It kind of looked like a legitimate mistake from the viewpoint shown on the video.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Sale knows. The rest of us can only guess.

  9. tigersfandan - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Based on what just transpired in tonight’s game, I’d say Torii is also a master tag evader!

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