YOUR NAME IS SPELLED T-O-R-I-I. IS THERE ANY REASON FOR THAT?Important? Nah, but kind of interesting, and I'll think about it the next time I watch Hunter play.
I think it’s just my mom trying to be different. But I was Kedar Hunter all the way up until my senior year in high school. I had a guy come up to me and say, “Your name is Torii Kedar Hunter: Go by your first name, or nobody will notice you’re African-American.” So I kind of changed my name. I got drafted, and in the paper back home, it was all about Torii Hunter. And they were like, “Who’s Torii Hunter?” I was like, “That’s me — Kedar!”
Monday, August 11, 2008
I wish more reporters would do quick, off-the-wall interviews with ballplayers like this one Tyler Kepner did with Torii Hunter. Partially because they don't leave any room for "we just have to play the games one at a time, and the good Lord willing, things will work out" answers, but mostly because you can learn stuff like this: