Boston Officer Humbled By Celebration Photo, Hunter Softens Criticism
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BOSTON (AP/CBS Detroit) — A Boston police officer says he’s humbled by the attention he’s received since photographs of him raising his arms in jubilation after the Boston Red Sox hit a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers appeared in newspapers and on the Internet.
The photos show Steve Horgan’s arms raised in the same frame as the upturned legs of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter as he tumbles into the Fenway Park bullpen, where Horgan was working a security detail.
David Ortiz’s grand slam tied Sunday’s game 5-5, and the Red Sox went on to a 6-5 victory.
Horgan says the attention has included reporters waiting outside his home and his cellphone ringing constantly.
Horgan says he lifts his arms every time the Red Sox hit a homer, he’s just never been captured in a photo.
And Hunter wasn’t laughing in the immediate aftermath, criticizing the cop for cheering when he should have been helping a potentially injured player.
“The cop is supposed to be protect and serve, this son of a gun has his hands up, I better not ever see him again,” Hunter told 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger. “Help me and then cheer, fool!”
He also said, “wish I would have kicked him in his face.”
What I said about the Boston cop not helping me in the bullpen last night was all in fun. Don't take it to seriously. I was joking.—
Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) October 15, 2013
Hunter later Tweeted not to take his comments too seriously.
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