While he did bounce around for a little bit, he made sure one of his stops during his career would never be in Boston.
During a recent appearance on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo, Hunter revealed his unfortunate experience playing on the road against the Boston Red Sox. The fan base wasn’t too welcoming to him and it resulted in racial slurs being thrown his way. For that reason, he made sure to never play for the team by having a no-trade clause to Boston throughout his playing career.
“I’ve been called the n-word in Boston 100 times. All the time. From little kids, and grown-ups right next to them didn’t say anything,” Hunter said on Golic and Wingo. So I had a no-trade clause and everything I had not to go to Boston. Not because of the teammates, not because of the front office, because if you’re doing that and allowing it amongst the people, I don’t want to be there.”
While it can’t be confirmed, it should be noted that Hunter is hardly the first athlete to state that Boston fans have said something egregious to them while playing a sport.
Torii Hunter hasn’t played in the MLB since the 2015 season, but he’s a very notable voice in the baseball community, as one of the best defensive players in MLB history.
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