Cain sees role model Hunter up close

Cain sees role model Hunter up close

Cain sees role model Hunter up close
SEATTLE -- When Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was getting serious about baseball -- something that didn't happen until he was in high school -- one of his role models was Torii Hunter.

"When I started, I watched videos of him hitting and what-not," Cain said. "I really liked the way he played the game, so I tried to mold my game after his defensively, and the way he swung the bat was something I was really impressed by."

Cain got a view of Hunter at his best on Wednesday, when the Angels' designated hitter went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in an 11-6 victory over the Royals. Since moving up the ranks in baseball, Cain has had a few opportunities to visit with Hunter.

"When LaTroy Hawkins and I were with Milwaukee during Spring Training, we went to one of the Globetrotters' basketball games, and I got to meet him then," Cain said. "He signed a ball for me and I got a chance to talk to him."

The relationship has continued.

"He's definitely pulled me aside a few times and told me to stay with my approach and go the other way sometimes and also use the whole field when you hit," Cain said.

Hunter got to see Cain pull a home run to left field and smack a couple hits to right field during the series at Anaheim.