Torii Hunter came to the defense of third base umpire Paul Nauert for the incident that happened in Monday night’s game between the Baltimore Orioles.
Nauert was the umpire who touched Hunter on the face during the benches clearing event and Hunter says he was just trying to calm him down.
“He wasn’t smacking me like people think,” Hunter said before Tuesday night’s game with the Orioles, via the Detroit News. “I was probably losing it. He was just trying to calm me down.”