Posted at 12:01 AM on April 1, 2006
by David Zingler
FT MYERS -- Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter, coming off a 2005 season cut short by injury, vowed to change his sometimes reckless playing style in 2006. “I’ve got a $10 million smile, the body of a Greek god and a enough money to never work again, why should I risk it all to save a measly homerun? Basically, I’m too pretty to keep running into walls.”
The revelation came as a surprise to Twins GM Terry Ryan, who refused to comment. Manager Ron Gardenhire meanwhile, ordered reporters out of the Twins spring training facility after learning of the surprising quote. A teammate, who requested anonymity, said a closed door, expletive-laced team meeting ensued, “Joe (Mauer) looked as if he had never heard such language before,” the player commented.
What exactly will come of this mini-scandal remains to be seen, but a source close to the team said to expect to see Hunter in his customary position on Opening Day. Stay tuned.