Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A classy tribute

Give credit to Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. In the last home game of the season for the Twinkies, he gave pending free agent, and Minnesota CF staple, Torii Hunter a moment to remember. When the Twins took the field in the top of the 9th in a game they would win easily, Hunter went out to his normal position. Then Gardy sent in a sub so Hunter could make the long jog back to the dugout while receiving the adulation of the fans.

Hunter is embroiled in contract talks. He's had a career year, but the notoriously cheap Twins offered him a lowball contract, which he's rejected. Hunter wants to stay in Minnesota; the Twins' owner is the richest of the 30 owners in all of MLB (and he rakes in additional money from revenue-sharing for his small market team); and Hunter has become the face of the franchise the way Kirby Puckett did 15 years ago.

So kudos to Gardy for recognizing his player and giving him a deserved moment in the spotlight.

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