As big-time postseasons blasts go, this one had it all.
The eighth-inning grand slam came with the Boston Red Sox’ backs against the wall. It starred David Ortiz — Big Papi. It featured an outfielder spectacularly spilling over an outfield wall at Fenway Park. For good measure, there was even a jubilating cop scoring it a touchdown.
It tied the score at 5-all in the bottom of the eighth and the Red Sox won it 6-5 in the ninth, tying the American League Championship Series with Detroit at 1-1.
Hunter suffered a cut on his head on the tumble, but was more concerned about how the Tigers let the chance to go up 2-0 slip away. “The one guy you don’t want to beat you and he beat us,” Hunter said. “One of the best hitters in postseason history and he hit it out of the park and it ties the game up and they end up coming back and winning the game. I’m [ticked].”
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman points out that Ortiz has 15 postseason homers and a .935 career OPS in October and the ability, according to Red Sox Manager John Farrell, to keep “his heart rate under control.”
Unlike a certain member of Boston’s finest…
It was Officer Steve Horgan who we saw in the bullpen during Papi's Grand Slam. This was his move: pic.twitter.com/8tLsiPy9KF
— Linda Pizzuti (@Linda_Pizzuti) October 14, 2013
Can’t blame the cop. It was a wild few hours for Boston sport fans, who’d watched Tom Brady deliver a game-winning touchdown pass as time ran out at Gillette Stadium just as the action at Fenway was getting underway. It may just have been, as the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy puts it, the greatest day in Boston sports history.
H/T For the Win, CJZero for the GIF