'Two minutes with ...' series shifts to Hunter
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The "Two Minutes with ..." series continues with Tommy Hunter, who is one of the most outgoing Orioles. The right-hander is widely thought to be the team's closer this year, although manager Buck Showalter has yet to name anybody to the role.
It should be noted that Hunter did most of Monday morning's interview in a Forrest Gump type of voice and was grateful that this interview didn't include sound.
Favorite food: I like lasagna, homemade with meat in it.
Favorite movie: You know what my favorite movie used to be? "Mr. Holland's Opus." I liked "Patch Adams." I liked "Captain Phillips" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," and "Frozen," the animated movie. I also like "Forrest Gump."
MLB.com: So you don't really have a favorite?
Hunter: Nope. Basically, I don't.
Special talent: I play a lot of basketball.
MLB.com: Were you good?
Hunter: No, I got cut. But I did play in Indiana. My graduating high school had nine of the top 15 picks in 2006.
I used to play judo, everyone knows that. How about this: I used to be able to do the splits like Jean Claude Van Damme. I used to put the two chairs up [and do a split] and do my best impersonation. I don't know if I could still do it though.
If I wasn't a baseball player I'd be ...: Lost. [Laughs.] I don't know, I'd do something in sports, coach, teach high school physical education. I'd be a heck of a PE coach. Remember that person that was in lunch that always oversaw lunch so nobody got in fights? I'd be that guy. He was always cool at my school. Everybody wanted to sit with him, [and] I think they'd want to sit with me.
Favorite offseason place: The woods. Woods that have trees, because there are some woods that don't have trees. Has to have trees.
Prized possession: I like my rings. I like the [American League] Championship ring [from] 2010 [with Texas]. That's a pretty prized possession. I don't think that could ever be matched until we win the World Series. I would like to win a World Series. I would like for this team to win a World Series.