Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Torii Hunter Gave Twins Fans Hope
Torii Hunter, more than any other Minnesota Twin player, came to represent the Twins revival during this four division titles in six years run. His strong play was supplemented by his likable personality. Hunter was the best and most important Twins player from 2000-2003. In 2004 Johan Santana replaced Hunter as the best player, and in 2006 Justin Morneau became Twins’ most important player. Still, fans had a special place for Torii Hunter and he remained the team’s dominant personality.
On Sunday, September 24, 2007 Torii Hunter likely played his last home game as a member of the Minnesota Twins. His contract is up, and while I think the Twins will try to resign him, I fear another team will give him more money and years.
Hunter correctly received standing obviations and chance to take a bow in his final home game. Hunter played hard every game. Sure he wasn’t always the best hitter, and he did not always pickup that needed rbi, but he always played to win. That is why he will, if he indeed leaves, be missed. I want to extend a personal thank you to Torii Hunter. Torii, you maybe did not help us get to the World Series, but you gave us hope that we could.