LAKELAND, Fla. -- How does a leader become one?
They do so by admiring other leaders and aspiring to pick up their torch.
In Torii Hunters case, those leaders ranged from his mother, Shirley, to his Minnesota Twins teammate, Kirby Puckett, and a revered opponent, Ken Griffey, Jr.
And at every turn, ever since he was a young boy attending the Indiana Street Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., the leader in his life has been Jesus Christ.
Hunter, the Tigers new right fielder, has a special way of connecting with more than the rawhide of a baseball. He bonds with people, and they follow him.
When a season reaches its darkest days, during the inevitable losing streak or some messy controversy, you can be sure his torch will be lit brightly and followed.
He just knows how to work the crowd and get people on the same page, Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson said. Everybody enjoys his presence, and one of the most important things in a clubhouse is having people enjoy your prese...