LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Torii Hunter claims he didn't actually kiss an alligator.
The Detroit outfielder was featured in a viral photo from spring training that showed him puckering up next to the bounded mouth of a gator — but he told reporters Wednesday he was just "on the backside of it" and there was no kiss.
Hunter says he'd never touched a gator before. The photo is available via a link from Hunter's Twitter account.
The picture was part of a morning meeting the Tigers have been holding daily at spring training under new manager Brad Ausmus. It may sound like a more formal start to each day, but it's also a chance for the team to share a few laughs.