The Boston cop wasn’t about to pull a Bartman. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Rather than reaching toward the sky and signaling a touchdown, a certain member of Boston’s finest should have been helping an out-of-towner in his time of need.

So says Torii Hunter, the Detroit Tigers’ outfielder whose legs became part of an iconic sports photo as he toppled over the fence in a vain attempt to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam Sunday night at Fenway Park. He was able to laugh about it Monday, but of course he was. His face wasn’t in the shot. In five years, he can pretend it’s someone else.

“It shows a good effort,” Hunter joked (via the Boston Globe). “You can make it whatever you want. You can say, ‘Aw, look at the Tigers, face down, feet up.’  The cop’s supposed to be protect and serve — this son of a gun got his hands up. I better not ever see him again.

“Help me, then cheer, fool.”

He had better things to say about the Red Sox relievers — and another joke at the cop’s failure to become the 2013 version of Bartman.

“I didn’t know if anything was broken or whatever. You can hear Ryan Dempster and a couple of the other guys say, ‘Dude, that was a great effort. Are you all right?’ So I thank the Red Sox bullpen for coming over to check on me, that was a great moment.

“They put that aside and tried to take care of human life — unlike the cop. “Terrible. Protect and serve, take that off his badge.”

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