Posted October 14, 2013

GIF: Cop celebrates as Torii Hunter flips over wall chasing David Ortiz’s grand slam

ALCS, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Torii Hunter

No lead is ever safe in Fenway Park, especially not when David Ortiz is at bat. Down 5-1 with two outs in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, Big Papi hit Detroit reliever Joaquin Benoit’s first pitch for a game-tying grand slam into the Boston bullpen.

That blast is destined to be remembered forever by the Fenway faithful, especially since the Red Sox rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth. As if Ortiz’s slam needed an additional twist to make it more memorable, it got one when Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter nearly caught Ortiz’s fly ball, but he overran it just slightly — the width of a baseball, maybe — before tumbling over the wall and into the bullpen. Oh, and then there was the priceless reaction of the police officer in the bullpen as Hunter flipped over the wall. Check out the gif above, courtesy of @bubbaprog,

You can’t see it from that angle, but the Red Sox bullpen catcher did catch the ball, while Hunter, who landed flat on his back and scraped his head, remained down for a minute or two, though he did finish the game.

Ortiz’s shot was just the third game-tying grand slam in postseason history. Ron Cey hit one for the Dodgers against the Phillies in Game 1 of the 1977 NLCS, while Vladimir Guerrero hit one for the Angels against the Red Sox — at Fenway, of course — in Game 3 of the 2004 ALDS. Their respective teams lost those games, but Boston, which spent the first 14 2/3 innings of the series managing just one hit, and the first 16 scoring just one run, prevailed in the ninth, 6-5, on a walk-off single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The ALCS is now tied at 1-game apiece with Game 3 in Detroit on Tuesday afternoon.

11 comments
Shameonyou
Shameonyou

Shame on you S.I. ... the cop is celebrating the home run and not the fact that Torii fell over the wall. As soon as Torii hit the ground the cop went over to see if he was alright and then stepped back to let the players check on Torii as he went on the field to summon for help.

susannah
susannah

NO NO NO! If you were there OR watched the MLB videos (from like 5 angles) you would see the cop threw up his hands for a split second and then IMMEDIATELY went to help Hunter, who was not hurt and went right back out to play. Also the entire red Sox bullpen went to help him - no one watched Papi round the bases. And Papi did not come out for the encore ovation until we saw Hunter was OK! This is a totally unfair "gif" as it does NOT show what really happened, and shame on everyone for posting negative remarks about the cop!

GregKrueger
GregKrueger

Great public servant going over to help the injured.  No class.

RickFink
RickFink

I thought cops were suppose to protect and serve, that cop did not even go over to see if Hunter was all right, he should be reprimanded ........

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Wrong on the cop...he saw the ad for free donuts at Honeydew after the game for those affected by the gubment shutdown !!!!

Gabriel2
Gabriel2

same kind of thing happened last year when the tigers played the yankees and ibanez hit those two miraculous homers



Mark112
Mark112

He should have caught it; now the Tigers are probably done.

Ballgame09
Ballgame09

@RickFink Rick, watch the gif from CBS from the other angle. The cop did come right over. 


therednorth1
therednorth1

@Mark112 You wish.  The series is still 1-1, and now the Tigers have 3 games left at home.