It was all jokes and smiles at Torii Hunter's introductory press conference this afternoon until he reportedly called Pioneer Press beat writer Mike Berardino a prick after Berardino asked him about his opposition to gay marriage.
Video of the exchange has yet to surface online (funny, it didn't make MLB.com's highlight package of the press conference), but if we know anything about the internet it's only a matter of time before it does.
Last night the Twins announced Hunter signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal to return to the team where he spent his first nine years as a pro, and today was supposed to be his fuzzy homecoming.
The mood turned when Berardino asked Hunter about his well-known opposition to gay marriage.
Hunter just called St. Paul reporter @MikeBerardino a "prick" after Berardino asked him about marriage/deadspin/arkansas stuff.— RandBall (@RandBall) December 3, 2014
The Deadspin reference refers to a post the blog ran in October. In it, Hunter publicly reinforced his opposition to gay marriage in a radio advertisement for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in his home state of Arkansas.
Torii on his views on gay marriage: "Why keep talking about it. I said it, not going to talk about it anymore."— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) December 3, 2014
That question on marriage, btw, just completely changed this press conference from fun and positive to awkward and weird.— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) December 3, 2014
Berardino acknowledged Hunter's brusque response on Twitter...
Torii on marriage question: "It's not even a baseball question." Says his thoughts are already known. "— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) December 3, 2014
but otherwise kept on trucking like it was another boring press conference.
Paul Molitor says there will be some sort of restriction placed on cell phone usage and music choices in #MNTwins clubhouse moving forward.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) December 3, 2014
Check back later for more when the video inevitably surfaces.