Hunter sees other end of defensive gem

Hunter sees other end of defensive gem

Hunter sees other end of defensive gem
ANAHEIM -- For most of his big league career, Torii Hunter made a name for himself with his defensive brilliance in center field, winning nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards at one point and robbing more than his fair share of extra-base hits and home runs.

For that reason, Mariners rookie left fielder Trayvon Robinson effectively "Torii Hunter-ed" the Angels' veteran right fielder on Friday night, with a home-run-saving catch in the third inning. This turn of events elicited conflicting emotions from Hunter: a combination of disgust and admiration on behalf of solid glove work.

"It felt bad to be on the other end of it," Hunter said. "I was running around first and I saw him catch it. ... I really felt bad. And I really liked it, though, at the same time.

"Something you love to hate, that's what it felt like."

According to Hunter, the last time a player robbed him of a homer was close to 10 years ago, when Mike Cameron made a similar play.

"It had been that long since someone ... took a home run away," Hunter said. "I didn't hit it good. I hit it off the end of the bat, and it just lingered right over."

But Robinson didn't simply pluck the ball out of the stands. He reached over the left-field wall to snatch the ball out of the first row, momentarily losing his cap in the process of becoming that night's top play on "SportsCenter."