Boston officer humbled by grand slam attention

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 15, 2013
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 Tuesday 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 was shaken up, but he indicated on Monday that he'll be ready to play Tuesday in Game 3 of the championship series in Detroit.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Matt Ryan gets creative with shovel pass TD

Report: Tomlin, Steelers fined Antonio Brown $10,000

Report: Kelly a candidate to replace Shanahan as Falcons OC

Royals release statement on death of Yordano Ventura

Sanders, Ware think Romo would be good fit for Broncos

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Reports: Yordano Ventura killed in car accident

Report: Nelson expected to play vs. Falcons with kevlar padding

Irsay: Pagano safe, Peyton not in picture as potential Colts GM

LeBron James: Gregg Popovich ‘factors a lot’ into 2020 Olympics decision

Cuban softens stance on superstar status of Westbrook

Ric Flair gets into Twitter fight with Panthers player over Falcons fandom

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker