Torii Hunter not only is one of the best defensive outfielders the game has every known, he is also unbeatable when it comes to a good quote. Hunter was in fine form Friday night at Angel Stadium against the Texas Rangers. He robbed Marlon Byrd of extra bases (Hunter claimed the drive would have left the park) and helped preserve the Angels’ 3-1 victory. Hunter crashed face-first into the padded wall while making what he called one of the best catches in his career. Afterward he was just as dazzling with his quotes.
“Oh man, Byrd is one of those guys that likes to go to right-center and I was playing in the other gap,” Hunter said. “It was a long run and the ball was beating me there. I caught the ball but went face-first into the wall. I tasted it too. It was pretty nasty.”
And then there was this one:
“It was pretty painful,” Hunter said. “I wish I could describe it, but I think you saw my facial expression afterward. I was in pain. … That was one of my favorites because I went face first and everybody was talking about me. It felt like Mike Tyson hit me. It was pretty ludicrous.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Hunter said the wall tasted like “collard greens.” He suggested the team install a strawberry flavored wall in the near future.