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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yanks in Torii Hunter’s sights

“I love Yankee Stadium,” Hunter said. “The atmosphere and energy there is great. And the fans know the game. When they get on you it can be pretty personal, but it’s always about your baseball game.

“When someone screams, ‘You just can’t hit that slider,’ that’s someone who knows what they’re talking about. You don’t hear that kind of informed (chatter) in Minnesota.”

Plus those iignoramooses have the Common Loon as their state biird!

Repoz Posted: June 20, 2007 at 03:25 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Original SJ Posted: June 20, 2007 at 03:39 PM (#2410765)
Hunter is not in the Yanks sights, however.
   2. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 20, 2007 at 03:44 PM (#2410771)
Plus those iignoramooses have the Common Loon as their state biird!

I was in Nova Scotia yesterday and saw some loons. Cool bird!

This angle players take of talking up New York before their free agency is getting stale. Haven't they seen some of the contracts other teams are thowing out there?
   3. rr Posted: June 20, 2007 at 03:49 PM (#2410776)
that’s someone who knows what they’re talking about. You don’t hear that kind of informed (chatter) in Minnesota.”

Anyone else think Hunter will be explaining this away and apologizing within about 8 hours? Seems to me this would thoroughly irritate the die-hard Twins fans, who AFAIK love Hunter quite a bit. But maybe I don't get it.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2007 at 03:53 PM (#2410781)
You don’t hear that kind of informed (chatter) in Minnesota.

What was said in place of "chatter"???

Why don't you stupid Minnesoteans know what a slider is?
   5. Jeff K. Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:02 PM (#2410803)
Please. Anything to keep him away from the ####### Rangers.

I now know what it was like to be a Mets fan in the mid-late 90s.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:17 PM (#2410829)
I was in Nova Scotia yesterday ...


I'm jealous
   7. The Original SJ Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:29 PM (#2410841)
I now know what it was like to be a Mets fan in the mid-late 90s.

no, you don't. While the Rangers are mired in mediocrity, they don't have a dynasty playing in the same city.
   8. bunyon Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:31 PM (#2410842)
The Mavericks aren't a dynasty?
   9. mgl Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:31 PM (#2410844)
"You just can't hit that slider?"

I would think that that could be an answer to, "What will you never hear from fans at a baseball game?"

What else do they say in N.Y. when they are heckling the pitchers? Pardon me, but I don't think your curve has quite enough break on it."

Is he kidding?
   10. Daryn Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:41 PM (#2410858)
What else do they say in N.Y. when they are heckling the pitchers? Pardon me, but I don't think your curve has quite enough break on it."

No, they say "How about we dig a trench? That way the ball could be as low as you wish it to be."
   11. Jeff K. Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:43 PM (#2410862)
no, you don't. While the Rangers are mired in mediocrity, they don't have a dynasty playing in the same city.

I more meant this constant fear every time you see a FA to be, and knowing that your team might overpay him dramatically, when they should just blow things up.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:45 PM (#2410865)
could Hunter be accused of tampering...with himself?

(not that there's anything WRONG with that)
   13. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:48 PM (#2410869)
He should send them some shampagne.
   14. Khrushin it bro Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:48 PM (#2410870)
This angle players take of talking up New York before their free agency is getting stale. Haven't they seen some of the contracts other teams are thowing out there?


And faking interest in NY doesn't start a bidding war against said teams? I would think this is a common ploy to try and get more money. And why not?

Although taking a shot at your hometown fans is pretty low. I remember when Mulder left and said that playing in St Louis was so much better it hurt since he became what he was in Oakland.
   15. WillYoung Posted: June 20, 2007 at 04:57 PM (#2410875)
Pretty funny comments about Yankee fans from Torii considering the 79th comment in this thread from yesterday.

Twins fans don't tell Torii he can't hit the slider simply because we hope the other team hasn't noticed yet.

Oh, and my fiancee saw a common loon for the first time Memorial Day weekend this year up in Nisswa. Pretty cool looking birds, but way too loud in the evening.
   16. plim Posted: June 20, 2007 at 05:07 PM (#2410886)
8. bunyon Posted: June 20, 2007 at 12:31 PM (#2410842)

The Mavericks aren't a dynasty?


better team would be the cowboys. they were winning around the same time the yankees were =)
   17. Law Boy Posted: June 20, 2007 at 05:53 PM (#2410928)
Torii has agented up.
   18. Jeff K. Posted: June 20, 2007 at 06:01 PM (#2410938)
No, they say "How about we dig a trench? That way the ball could be as low as you wish it to be."

Nice Conan reference. I love that skit.
   19. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 20, 2007 at 06:05 PM (#2410944)
And faking interest in NY doesn't start a bidding war against said teams? I would think this is a common ploy to try and get more money. And why not?

I actually think the reverse would be more effective. If you're a player, and you think the Yanks are interested, then I would play up the fact I DIDN'T want to play in New York. It gives other teams hope that they can sign you and it makes the Yankees determined to win you over. Mussina played it perfectly when he left Baltimore. Of course, the truth is probably more than neither tactic works and all Hunter has done is irritate his current hometown fans.
   20. Craig in MN Posted: June 20, 2007 at 07:00 PM (#2410988)
Of course, the truth is probably more than neither tactic works and all Hunter has done is irritate his current hometown fans.

I don't think anyone here really notices. He's said nice things about 3 or other cities/teams so far this year. Last year he did the same, (with a 'I doubt Minnesota would pick up my option' kicker). If you asked him about Gaza, he'd say "I've heard good things about that area...I like that people get fanatical about things over there...that would get me fired up to play." He just talks about anything that crosses his mind, and the media here knows that (and likes that he'll talk about anything) so they don't hold his feet to the fire over it. Most Hunter fans here don't scour the media for this stuff, and if they do, they know it's just his personality.

And he's right, most Twins fans at the games aren't that knowledgeable.
   21. Squash Posted: June 20, 2007 at 07:05 PM (#2410991)
Although taking a shot at your hometown fans is pretty low. I remember when Mulder left and said that playing in St Louis was so much better it hurt since he became what he was in Oakland.

I think Giambi wins the prize for taking cheap shots at one's old hometown fans after he left the A's in 01-02.
   22. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 20, 2007 at 07:32 PM (#2411007)
And he's right, most Twins fans at the games aren't that knowledgeable.

You Twins fans are so nice, you're almost Canadian! And you have loons! I say we make Minnesota a DMZ between the US and Canada because after dealing with US customs trying to come home yesterday, I'm assuming we must be at war with our neighbors to the north or at least close to it.
   23. Cris E Posted: June 21, 2007 at 06:52 AM (#2411733)
He's leaving MIN unless he is willing to trade dollars for years. That is, he can have $36-40m (but only that much) divided any way he wants. I'd expect a bunch of incentives to let him *earn* more as he gets older and more broken down. And I'd expect such an offer to fail. He's really good this year, but he's not very self-aware and when it's time to move to left he's not going to want to do it. For all the talk about being the Puckett-like full career MIN guy, he'll take an extra $10m in a heartbeat and be shocked that the Twins didn't offer it.

Hunter is not in the Yanks sights, however.

Are they looking for a CF at all? I think they should be, and I think for the next two years Hunter looks like the best of the bunch. (Too bad it'll take a 4-5 year deal to sign him.)
   24. Cris E Posted: June 21, 2007 at 07:01 AM (#2411735)
You don’t hear that kind of informed (chatter) in Minnesota.

What was said in place of "chatter"???

Why don't you stupid Minnesoteans know what a slider is?


I think he said 'discourse' but the writer was sertin that the dumm Mines.. Minnnasoa.. MIN peple wouln't no what it ment. Thank God for the sophisticates from Pine Bluff AR doing missionary work here in Canada.

This won't matter one way or the other, since most people know two things about Hunter: he really tries to be a good guy and teammate, and there's no way he'll walk away from a huge pile of money just to stay here. So he'll be docked one round of applause (payable some time in 2009 when he's playing for TEX/NYY/BAL) and be completely forgiven by dawn.
   25. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: June 21, 2007 at 11:40 AM (#2411798)
I was in Nova Scotia yesterday and saw some loons.

You're in Nova Scotia, but I'm not.

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