Posted at 9:19 AM on July 26, 2007
by David Zingler
CLEVELAND – The impending free agency of Torii Hunter has been the most talked about story of the 2007 Twins season. Whether it’s talk show pundits, columnists or a bloggers, everybody seems to have an opinion about the charismatic centerfielder.
No one, of course, has discussed the matter more than Hunter himself. On the road, he gushes about the stadiums and auditions for the media. You can’t blame the guy; he’s just good at selling himself. His latest marketing strategy however, is causing controversy.
The 32-year-old released this statement earlier today: “In an effort to show the league and the fans how good I will look playing for their team, I am releasing to the public a portfolio featuring me dressed in all 30 major league baseball uniforms.”
At the ensuing conference call, a reporter from Tampa asked Hunter if he was really interested in signing with the Devil Rays, “No,” the All Star answered. “I just wanted to show the fans there how good I would look playing for them. Besides, I doubt they can put together the kind of cash it would take.”
Hunter also said he has not given up on this season and vowed to give the Twins fans and organization maximum effort during his salary drive, “I love every single person that has ever entered the Metrodome and cheered on the Twins,” he said. “If I do sign anywhere else, I’ll send each and every one of them a bottle of champagne.”
Posted at 10:44 AM on July 26, 2007
by Tom Scheck
I've been trying to give Barry Bonds the benefit of the doubt. I've tried to overlook his bad moods, his potshots at the press and the bashing of his teammates (Jeff Kent anyone?). Steroids or not, hitting that many home runs is a tremendous thing to do. But I've had it with him. Mostly because of this story. He bashes Costas. He bashes Schilling and then he says the Braves pitchers didn't challenge him because they didn't throw fastballs. I can't stand it anymore. Apparently Bonds hasn't learned that you credit the team when you win and blame yourself when you lose. He also didn't learn any humility as he closes in on the record. Maybe I'm a slow learner. Maybe I was waiting for a jury to prove him guilty. Maybe I'm just a big dope.
But now I have a plan. I'm hoping it takes Bonds all season to break the record. That way the pressure will continue to mount and folks will wonder if he's too old, too rusty or just doesn't have it anymore. And then I hope he retires and watches as A-Rod closes in at warp speed. A-Rod is only 1 away from 500.