DETROIT All that Torii Hunter has accomplished on a baseball field pales to what he has done as a father. Thats because the odds were stacked so greatly against him ever being a good parent.
His own father, Theotis, was absent from his rearing and has battled drug addiction his entire adult life. Hes caused his son plenty of disappointment and a sense of abandonment, but Torii has worked at building a relationship with his father and becoming the parent to him.
Then, as a teenager playing in the low minors for the Minnesota Twins, Hunter fathered three sons with three different women in a span of nine months in 1994 and 1995.
I had kids out of wedlock, Hunter said, but I stepped up...I was young myself when I had them. I was young and I was scared. And I grew to be a man raising them. I was dedicated to being there for them. Raise them the right way, and they wont depart from it.
He was paraphrasing a verse from the Bible, Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go...