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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Hailing Hunter

Minnesota Twins fans are a classy bunch.

Stung during the offseason by the loss of free agent superstar Torii Hunter to the Los Angeles Angels, the Minneapolis-St. Paul crowd gave Hunter ovation after ovation — and even held a special tribute to him — during this week’s season-opening series against the Angels at the Metrodome.

The loudest cheers for Hunter came during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game, when he hit a home run that sealed the Angels’ 5-4 win and gave the Twins’ opponents a 3-1 victory in the series.

Now think of Johnny Damon leaving the Red Sox for the Yankees a few years ago and then returning to Boston to play in pinstripes. If memory serves, the Fenway faithful weren’t quite so kind.



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