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DETROIT -- Torii Hunter made his way to the radio-interview platform at TigerFest and, before he was even introduced, received a rousing ovation from several hundred fans.
A fan wearing a Tigers cap and jacket in the third row of folding chairs began to chant, TORE-ee! TOR-ee! The fans around him joined in, too, greeting Detroits new right fielder.
Hunter took a seat and was taken aback, grinning ear to ear.
This is crazy! he said into a microphone. Man, Tigers fans pack the house.
Hunter, who has tormented the Tigers as a member of the Minnesota Twins and most recently the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, signed a two-year deal worth 26 million as one of the first free agents to come to terms this winter.
He noted that he often conversed with Tigers fans as an opponent, and told a story to illustrate how knowledgeable he found them to be.
One fan was telling me that I was 0 for 15, Hunter said. I said, Dude, I dont even know that. So you guys are kind of like family.
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