Boston officer humbled by grand slam attention
Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan, raises his hands as he poses for a photograph during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Boston. Horgan 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 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. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Suzanne Kreiter) BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES
BOSTON – Boston police officer Steve Horgan never imagined that a simple gesture celebrating a thrilling comeback by the Red Sox would create such a buzz.
Horgan raised his arms over his head in jubilation after David Ortiz’s eighth-inning grand slam tied Sunday’s AL Championship Series game against the Detroit Tigers and sparked the Red Sox to a 6-5 win, tying the series at one game apiece.
Photos captured Horgan’s raised arms next to the upturned legs of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, who tumbled over the short wall into the Fenway Park bullpen in an unsuccessful attempt to catch the ball.
The result: a flood of media attention and a new name for his joyous, hands-up gesture: “Horganing.”
It all seems a bit too much for Horgan, 50, a laid-back, 27-year veteran of the Boston police department who seems stunned by all the attention.
“I’m humbled by it,” Horgan said yesterday at Boston police headquarters.
Horgan, a patrolman, said he’s been assigned to various duties at Fenway Park for the last 20 years. This is his first year in the bullpen.
Horgan said when he first saw the ball coming, he thought Hunter was going to catch it. When he didn’t, Horgan reacted instinctively.
“Because I’m a Sox fan, I just raised my arms,” he said.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Horgan has taken all the attention in good humor, agreeing to strike his pose for countless photos.
“It’s great that Steve is now part of Red Sox history,” Davis said.
Hunter initially indicated that he was upset with Horgan for cheering before going to help him, but later said he was only kidding.
Horgan said that as soon as he saw Hunter fall, he started walking toward him to try to help. Other players were already at his side motioning for medical help.
Hunter, 38, is a five-time All Star who has developed into one of the Tigers’ emotional leaders. He admitted Monday that he was shaken up, but was in the lineup yesterday for Game 3, as the series resumed in Detroit. He was placed second in the lineup and singled in his first at-bat.
“I was going to give it every attempt to go out there and try to catch that ball,” Hunter said. “If it takes for me to get knocked out or die on the field, I guess I’ve got to do it.”