DETROIT -- You might call Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and Torii Hunter an odd couple, but the two are bound by something very powerful: An overwhelming desire to win a championship.
That desire was so strong and Hunter's belief in the Tigers so great that he had already decided that if the Los Angeles Angels didn't offer him a contract, he wanted to come to Detroit.
Hunter was the one who arranged to visit Detroit with his wife, Katrina, this past Tuesday. When he met Ilitch for the first time, he recognized a kindred spirit.
"This guy has a lot of fire," Hunter said. "He just greeted me with a big smile. He said, 'You came here, you played against us with a fire and that's what we need, fire.'
"Just looking at him and talking to him, I could tell that he really wants to win that World Series. I've been playing Major League Baseball for 14 seasons and I see that same fire. I could look at him and I feel it because I'm searching for the same thing.
"I really want to win a World ...