For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#4 – Torii Hunter Walks Off
In a rare turn during the 2013 campaign, Max Scherzer was rocky on this afternoon. The Tigers were down 6-3 heading into the ninth inning with Grant Balfour coming on and the author had just gotten on the bus to go to his “real job.” With At Bat fully engaged on my phone, I watched as:
- Jackson walked
- Dirks popped out
- Avila struck out
- Fielder walked
- Martinez singled
The Tigers were down 6-4 with two on and two out. And then Hunter launched one to left center. For some reason, the people on the bus didn’t share my enthusiasm as I was shocked to learn their phones were not tuned into the Tigers/A’s game in Chapel Hill, NC.