Practicing what his grandfather preached, Hunter entered Thursday's game like any other. The fact that it was the last home game of the regular season for the Angels -- possibly his last with the team -- didn't matter to him.
"It won't be emotion," he said. "It'll be adrenaline."
"I don't get caught up emotions. That is when you get weak and teary eyed. You make bad decisions when you're emotional."
After leaving the Minnesota Twins, Hunter has spent the last five years becoming a fan favorite at Angel Stadium, where he has batted .313 in his career. He becomes a free agent at the end of this season and he has expressed interest in returning.
"I love the fans and I really want to be here," Hunter said. "Everybody knows that."
Whether he gets that opportunity is still uncertain, but the outfielder is making the most of his time with the Angels.
He delivered the game-winning hit on Wednesday and was hitting .322 in September entering the finale. Judging by his play lately, he's not ready to hang up his Angels' uniform after this week. Whether that means another game at Angel Stadium or a grinding back-and-forth road trip across the country for a possible tiebreaker or Wild Card game, he doesn't care.
"As long we've got a chance to play, it doesn't matter if I'm traveling or whatever," he said. "That is why they have coffee.
"There would be some guys at home watching us fly to four different teams in four games in four days. I'd rather be the guy that is flying than the guy watching on the couch."