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Why I love Torii: Bourjos tells about his arrival to the Angel clubhouse

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From the story: [Bourjos] says he was ready for just about anything. He had played a few games in left field in Salt Lake, the word being that that was where the mothership had a need. He wasn't ready for what happened next. "I walked into Mike Scioscia's office," Bourjos says. "He asked me if I was nervous. I said no. He said I should be. But he was kidding. He said not to be. Then he said I'd be starting in center field." Bourjos was stunned. Center field belonged to Hunter. "I walked out," Bourjos says, "and Torii walked up to me, told me he was moving over, that it was fine with him, they had let him make the call, and that if I needed anything, he was there. He treated me like he had known me forever." Hunter could have pouted. He could have refused to move. He could have hazed or frozen out the rookie. Instead he embraced and he mentored; I have no doubt that Bourjos' high level of play in CF is due in no small part to his comfort level in joining the team. He was made to feel like he belonged from the start.

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