It’s all fun and games until somebody gets shot.
So reads the fifth paragraph of Big League Stew Yahoo blogger David Brown’s summary report about a scary incident Wednesday involving Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter and a pair of OC police officers responding to a tripped burglar alarm. But that sentence really should be the lede; it succinctly and cleverly frames the seriousness of the encounter.
As first reported last night by LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, the nine-time Golden Glove winner was getting ready to watch a movie at his Newport Beach home after a morning workout at Dodger Stadium when he heard noises at the front door:
“I grabbed a knife and was about to start Bruce Lee-ing on whoever was there,” Hunter said. Good thing Hunter didn’t take the steak knife outside, where police were waiting with guns drawn after the outfielder’s home alarm had accidentally been activated by a door that was opened in the house.
“They said, ‘Put your hands up!’ ” said Hunter. “I’m like, ‘Man, this is my home!’ They asked me questions about who I was. They asked me to go upstairs and get my I.D. The guns were out. I was a prisoner in my own home.”
Following the incident, Hunter took to Twitter to share some memorable thoughts. You can read those here.