Fans give Torii his 1,000th-RBI ball

Fans give Torii his 1,000th-RBI ball

KANSAS CITY -- Torii Hunter didn't have to chase after his 1,000th-RBI ball. Thanks to a group of kids in the left-field stands at Kauffman Stadium, the milestone baseball came back to Hunter via special delivery.

When Hunter capped a two-homer, four-RBI day on Monday with a two-run shot that lifted the Angels to a comeback victory, the power barrage brought him to 1,000 RBIs. The youngsters brought the milestone baseball to the Angels' outfielder and exchanged it for three autographed baseballs that Hunter was more than happy to sign.

"One of the kids caught the ball," Hunter said. "I went out there to shake their hand and take pictures. I appreciate those guys coming down. I don't know if my autograph means anything, but that ball meant a lot to me."

Hunter, 35, was asked if he has another 1,000 RBIs in him before calling it a career.

"Five hundred," Hunter replied with a smile.

Hunter plans to hang onto the ball for a long time.

"I'm going to show my grandkids," Hunter said. "That's why I kept the ball. You've got to have proof."