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DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Tigers annual winter caravan tour took center stage on Thursday, where players will make several stops to meet their fans leading up to TigerFest on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Tigers caravan team members met inside of Comerica Park to field questions about the 2013 season. One of the most notable storylines for Tigers nation is acquiring nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star Torii Hunter.
"It means a lot to me because I don't have to face him anymore," said Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. "We were actually joking about it in the locker room a little bit ago, and we've always had some epic battles him and I.
"I said, 'I don't think you've ever given me an easy out.' He's always out there battling."
The 37-year-old Hunter says he relishes the opportunity to play in the American League Central again.
"You guys know, I mean, my whole career has been consistent. I've always been there playing the game [and have been fortunate enough to] play the game the right way, play hard. And that's what you're going to get." said Hunter. "Yeah, I might be a little older, I'm 27 now but I definitely go out there and get the job done."
Skipper Jim Leyland looks forward to getting a player of Hunter's caliber.
"The biggest thing about Torii Hunter is he's good when the game starts," said Jim Leyland. "Everybody's talking about he's good in the community and all that ... that's all fine and dandy, and I'm very happy about that, but at the same time I'm worried about what he does on the field. He does a lot of good things."