No lead is ever safe in Fenway Park, especially not when David Ortiz is at bat. Down 5-1 with two outs in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, Big Papi hit Detroit reliever Joaquin Benoit's first pitch for a game-tying grand slam into the Boston bullpen.
That blast is destined to be remembered forever by the Fenway faithful, especially since the Red Sox rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth. As if Ortiz's slam needed an additional twist to make it more memorable, it got one when Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter nearly caught Ortiz's fly ball, but he overran it just slightly — the width of a baseball, maybe — before tumbling over the wall and into the bullpen. Oh, and then there was the priceless reaction of the police officer in the bullpen as Hunter flipped over the wall. Check out the gif above, courtesy of @bubbaprog,
You can't see it from that angle, but the Red Sox bullpen catcher did catch the ball, while Hunter, who landed flat on his back and scraped his head, remained down for a minute or two, though he did finish the game.the third game-tying grand slam Dodgers Phillies Angels Jarrod Saltalamacchia