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Monday, February 25, 2013
Torii Hunter's Twitter adventure

By Jayson Stark

Torii Hunter is still a Twitter fan. But a funny thing happened to him this winter on his way to a better life through Twitter.

He fired out a now-famous tweet, which he’s still trying to explain, the day his old team, the Angels, signed Josh Hamilton. It went kinda like this:

“I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don't lie.”
Torii Hunter
Torii Hunter is already enjoying being in the Tigers' lineup.


Half the planet took that as an indication that the Tigers’ new right fielder wasn’t exactly thrilled that the Angels (and owner Arte Moreno) said they didn’t have the bucks to sign him, but found $125 million to give Hamilton over the next five years.

But Hunter said Monday he’s over whatever frustration welled up in him that day.

“I’m over it,” he told ESPN.com. “It was just a joke that went bad. I said he found money under the mattress, but I don’t know what happened. I can’t even explain that one. I’ve always said I had a great time in the Angels’ organization, my best five years of my career. That organization has done a lot of great things for me, so I have no hard feelings. Trust me. I understand.

“I understood I was getting older for them,” Hunter went on. “I had a great season for them last year, but they didn’t want to fall in the trap of me getting older. I understood that. That’s the business side of it. I always understood how hard it is to be a GM, because some day I would like to be one. We’ll see.”

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