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Hunter: Club must breed winning confidence

Hunter: Club must breed winning confidence

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Hunter: Club must breed winning confidence
CLEVELAND -- Torii Hunter made his Major League debut in 1997. He has been around the block.

The Angels outfielder has played on teams that have opened the season on a blistering pace (his Twins went 18-6 in April 2001) and clubs that have scuffled mightily out of the gate (his Twins started 18-36 in 1999).

Hunter said the Angels -- off to a 6-13 start -- can't procure a winning mentality on their own. Instead, they must patiently let it come to them.

"Baseball hasn't come to us," Hunter said. "We're trying to go get it. The feeling that you have to have, it has to come to you. The feeling of winning, the feeling that nobody can beat you -- it has to come to you. You can't just go get it."

For the club to breed that winning confidence, Hunter said, it takes one player's energy to spread throughout the clubhouse.

"It's 100 percent contagious," said Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove Award winner. "If [Jered] Weaver is out there busting his butt with a runner on third and strands him, or gets three quick strikeouts, that energy level pumps you up and that adrenaline goes into the next guy. If a guy gets a base hit and hustles for a double and pumps his fist, I can feel that energy.

"It's a ripple effect, a domino effect. Hopefully we get somebody going and it becomes contagious."

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