Fans Shower Torii Hunter with Dollar Bills in Right Field After Nick Swisher Home Run
It was a disappointing weekend for Angels fans. The Halos lost two of three games to the Yankees, which is worse than usual given the Angels’ record against the Yanks the past 10 years. Mark Teixeira homered twice for the Yankees off Joel Piniero, and then in the eighth inning Nick Swisher homered to make it 5-3. Though it was only Swisher’s fifth home run of the season, there was an even rarer occurrence in right field afterwards. After the home run, fans showered Hunter with dollar bills. Torii put the loose cash to good use:
“I can’t believe they’re throwing money like that in a recession,” Hunter said. “There’s so many people with no jobs, no money, and they made it rain [dollar bills] at a baseball game. That was crazy. I was not going to let that blow away. I called time out to pick it up. It was my lucky day. I didn’t get any hits, but I did get $24 and gave it to a kid.”
Hunter did give the money to a fan nearby the dugout, but nobody knows why the bills were thrown at him. If it was some sort of Carl Crawford-like gesture by Angels fans, they should make it more clear next time. Or maybe the fan was preparing to head to a strip joint after the game as Hunter suggested, and he lost a hold of the money. Who knows? At this point we’ll take any money we can get to help us buy another guy who can hit, so maybe that fan can give the money back to the club.
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