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04/28/08 10:22 PM ET

Hunter happy, surprised to see Moreno

Angels owner makes clubhouse rounds before game Monday

ANAHEIM -- Owner Arte Moreno visited the Angels clubhouse before Monday's game to offer congratulations following a successful 4-2 road trip against two of the best clubs in the American League, the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

The first player Moreno found as he entered the room was center fielder Torii Hunter. If any player had a right to be more surprised than anyone, it might be Hunter, who played in Minnesota for several years under owner Carl Pohlad, who wasn't known for making visits to the clubhouse.

"I had only played for one owner in the last 15 years, and that was Carl Pohlad," Hunter said. "You'd see him once a year. For [Moreno] to come down. ... I've already talked to Arte in a few weeks more than I talked to Pohlad in the last 15 years."

Moreno made his rounds, stopping to speak with veterans like Hunter and to shake rookie catcher Bobby Wilson's hand. It was Wilson's first day in the big leagues. And, lest one harbors any fantasy about being a Major League owner and crashing a closed-door meeting, Moreno waited for manager Mike Scioscia and his staff to conclude their pre-series scouting meeting to prepare for the Oakland A's.

"When you're a player, you feed off your manager, your general manager and your owner," Hunter said. "If they're laid back and cool, you have no reason not to be. You play better."

John Klima is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.