[UPDATE] Torii Hunter Calls Reporter a Prick During Introductory Press Conference

Things got awkward real fast at Torii Hunter's press conference today

Things got awkward real fast at Torii Hunter's press conference today

[UPDATE] Blotter alum Aaron Rupar posted video of the exchange this morning: KMSP-TV

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'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.

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.

Berardino acknowledged Hunter's brusque response on Twitter...

but otherwise kept on trucking like it was another boring press conference.

Check back later for more when the video inevitably surfaces.