VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Doug Fister said it was "a huge honor" to play with Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, even though the two played together for just one season.
Fister said Hunter is the epitome of a good teammate. Hunter, according to Fister, tried to make everybody around him better. Hunter made everyone believe in themselves and the team.
"Just his presence alone was a huge benefit for us in Detroit," Fister said. "The words that came out of his mouth were even better. On top of that was the example he set on the field. He is a great human being and somebody you can count on as a friend. He is not just a teammate, he is a friend."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.