Hunter gets HR No. 300, back in the city where he started
DETROIT — When Torii Hunter passed the 2,000-hit plateau in Detroit back in April, he figured he’d probably pass the 300-homer plateau in his new home stadium, Comerica Park, too.
“I’m going to get my 300th home run here, too,” Hunter said with a smile, back then, knowing that he sat just three homers shy of that mark.
But he’s hit just one home run at home this year, and ended up getting his milestone homer at an old home town, belting a first-inning home run at the Minnesota Twins’ new Target Field in Sunday’s game. [WATCH THE VIDEO]
"I got my first home run against these guys (the Tigers), and I got my 300th home run in a Tigers uniform," Hunter said on the Fox Sports Detroit postgame show.
"I think it was kind of a neat scenario, with the Minnesota fans loving him, and getting to see him do that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on the FSD postgame show.
With Austin Jackson aboard, Hunter belted a 2-0 pitch from Twins starter P.J. Walters for a 376-foot shot to left field. He'd later add an RBI double, giving him his second three-RBI game with the Tigers, and his first since April 11.
Hunter hit 192 home runs in nine full seasons with the Twins, 105 in five seasons with the Angels, and three now in his first season with the Tigers. He later added a double, giving him hi
Despite hitting more home runs (87) in the Metrodome than any other park, few of Hunter's milestone homers actually came in Minnesota, though.
His first home run was April 15, 2009, at Tiger Stadium.
His 50th home run came April 30, 2002, at the Metrodome.
His 100th home run came May 15, 2004, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
His 150th home run came Aug. 20, 2006, at the Metrodome.
His 200th home run came June 9, 2008, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
His 250th home run July 9, 2010, at Oakland Coliseum.
And now his 300th home run came back in the same city where he started, against his first team, the Twins.