Great story about sportsmanship on display in Detroit

7:08 AM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (48) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning of game one of the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Tigers 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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By Jordan Palmer
Executive Producer

(The Chirp) -- Inspired by my experience last night, attending the St. Louis Sports Commission's "Sportsmanship Awards," I've decided to post any such stories that come my way, that display the type of character in the sports world that I heard of last night.

Here is a story I found on USA Today this evening. 

Hunter gets No. 48 for Superstorm Sandy donation
Torii Hunter will continue to wear the No. 48 jersey with the Detroit Tigers.

Right-hander Rick Porcello had worn No. 48 in 2012 but gave it up after Hunter signed a two-year, $26 million contract.

"Veteran guys usually give a nice dollar amount for a number," Hunter said. "I offered him a nice dollar amount, and he said, 'No.' I'm like, 'What's wrong with him?' "

Porcello, who is from New Jersey, told Hunter that he knew some people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"He said, 'The money that you offered me, could you donate it to this organization for Hurricane Sandy?' " Hunter said Friday at Comerica Park. "That's the kind of guy Rick Porcello is. He freely gave me No. 48."

The Tigers announced that Porcello will wear No. 21, which he wore in high school.

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