Things haven't exactly gone as the Los Angeles Angels hoped they would over the past couple of seasons. The high price Angels have failed to put together a contending team despite signing several players to big time contracts and part of the reason might be because of a lack of team chemistry.
One of the players who was signed to a massive deal and has failed to live up to expectations is first basemen Albert Pujols. And it appears as though Pujols was involved in an altercation with teammate Torii Hunter last season that nearly led the two to come to blows.
From Scott Miller of CBS Sports:
Pujols called out [Jered] Weaver for showing up a teammate the night before. Then he turned his attention on Hunter, blaming him for the dugout altercation with [C. J.] Wilson.
What Pujols did not know at the time was that Wilson and Hunter already had made amends, with the pitcher apologizing to the outfielder for overstepping his bounds in the dugout immediately following the game.
“Albert, you’d better get your facts straight,” a seething Hunter told Pujols.
Pujols said something back, and Hunter jumped him for being a bad teammate and pouting all season whenever he failed to get hits in a game, even in games the Angels won … and now he was going to call others out?
“Shut up, Torii,” Pujols snapped.
It was then that Hunter, from across the clubhouse, lost it and charged Pujols. [LaTroy] Hawkins and outfielder Vernon Wells had to restrain him.
The meeting proceeded from there, and when it was over, tempers still heated, Hunter had to be physically held back a second time from going after Pujols, who is described as wanting no part of the fight.
Hunter has a track record of displaying a temper, though.
Miller also mentioned that Hunter had previously been involved in another clubhouse argument with Twins first basemen Justin Morneau in which Hunter wound up punching him in the jaw.
The two eventually made amends and moved on.
Perhaps Hunter just has an issue with first basemen?
Via NBC Sports