Twins outfielder Torii Hunter is no stranger to being behind the times. In the past, he said having an openly gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable“. Last December, he called a reporter a “prick” for bringing up those words at a press conference. He also called black Dominicans “imposters” back in 2010.
Floyd Mayweather — scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao tonight — has been in hot water in the public eye for a history of physically abusing women. Some have boycotted the fight, while others have resorted to activism in other ways. With an opportunity to finally stand on the right side of history, Hunter instead chose to do nothing. Here’s a screencap of a tweet he just made (as he’ll probably delete it; it can be found here).
So here’s Torii Hunter summed up: who a man kisses in the privacy of his home is his business; men beating up women is none of his business.
The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.
Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.
Here’s how it went:
This was confirmed by other reporters:
To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.
But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.
We live in interesting times.