Torii Hunter has enjoyed a long and productive career and always seems to have a smile on his face while playing. But last night, that perma-smile disappeared and gave way to pure anger after he was called out on strikes by umpire Mark Ripperger.
The Minnesota Twins outfielder took off his jersey and batting accoutrement, then fired it all over the field in a spectacular tantrum.
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It was only Hunter’s ninth ejection, so what he lacks in quantity he more than makes up for in quality. That is, if you consider a SFW Magic Mike tribute quality.
“We have bad days, all of us, as hitters, pitchers,” Hunter said. “Even umpires have bad days, and he had one.”