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Report: Torii Hunter twice charged Albert Pujols in Angels meeting

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09:26 AM ET 08.24 | The two-year downhill toboggan run of owner Arte Moreno's broken franchise has created a suffocatingly tense atmosphere throughout the organization best illustrated by a team meeting last August, in which All-Star Torii Hunter had to be physically restrained from punching out $240 million man Albert Pujols. The meeting, details of which were provided to CBSSports.com by several sources, followed two ugly losses to Tampa Bay last Aug. 17 and 18 that were rife with internal team discord and short tempers. During a 10-8 implosion the next night in which starter C.J. Wilson was cuffed for seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, some players grew weary of Wilson's chirping in the dugout -- especially when he began giving advice to hitters. Hunter sharply told him to pipe down and the two had words in the dugout. Immediately following that game, veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins called for a players' only meeting. Word of the Hunter-Wilson altercation had reached the Angels' bullpen by the late innings, and Hawkins, a respected veteran then in his 18th season in the majors and now with the Mets, could identify major problems when he saw them. In a glimpse into how fractured the Angels had become, they could not even agree on a meeting format. Hawkins called for a players-only meeting. Pujols, insisting that manager Mike Scioscia and the coaches attend, wound up co-opting the meeting. 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 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. 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.

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August 24, 2013  09:37 AM ET

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2013  09:52 AM ET

WWF?

August 24, 2013  10:46 AM ET

That is the longest article I have ever seen on here.

August 24, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That is the longest article I have ever seen on here.

Seriously tl;dr

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August 24, 2013  11:04 AM ET

So does this fall in the truth or rumors side of things? I kind of believe Torii's side of the story but Pujols is an amazingly nice guy. Whatever.

August 24, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Why do I get a sense that neither Pujols nor Hamilton will ever end up fulfilling their contracts on the field.

August 24, 2013  11:24 AM ET

All this team needs now is Bobby Valentine to complete the circus.

August 24, 2013  11:28 AM ET

It's impressive that, despite all the steroids coursing through his veins, Pujols was able to keep his cool.

August 24, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Why do I get a sense that neither Pujols nor Hamilton will ever end up fulfilling their contracts on the field.

Careful. It's dangerous way out on a limb like that.

August 24, 2013  11:32 AM ET

So glad that the Cards got the best years of Albert, and that someone else is stuck with the downside of his career.

August 24, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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It's impressive that, despite all the steroids coursing through his veins, Pujols was able to keep his cool.

Not really. It makes sense actually. I wouldn't mess with Hunter either. Dude looks like he can fight. He hits Albert just right, that juice will come squirting out everywhere. Albert is really only 5'9 and 147 lbs.

August 24, 2013  11:46 AM ET

Reading this was titillating.

August 24, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And pretty well written from a details and background standpoint.

Indeed. Too bad they stopped Hunter.

August 24, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Careful. It's dangerous way out on a limb like that.

How would you know?

August 24, 2013  12:29 PM ET

OK.. who read all that??

August 24, 2013  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

OK.. who read all that??

We all did! It was like 3 articles in 1!!!

August 24, 2013  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That is the longest article I have ever seen on here.

let's hope there is no more of them

August 24, 2013  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

OK.. who read all that??

sorry...I fell asleep and never got to the end.

 
August 24, 2013  01:47 PM ET

There's nothing more tense than two alpha dogs in the same kennel.

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