DETROIT Veteran Boston cop Steve Horgan is a hero in Beantown.
Torii Hunter sees it a bit differently.
" 'Protect and serve,' " the Tigers right fielder mused Monday. "Take that off his badge."
Hunter was involved in the most talked-about play of the postseason, crashing head first into the Red Sox's bullpen after tumbling over the wall in pursuit of David Ortiz's tying grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday night.
A photo destined to become iconic especially if the Red Sox, who rallied from a 5-0 deficit for a 6-5 victory that evened the best-of-seven series, end up going to the World Series emerged as Ortiz's blast settled into bullpen catcher Mani Martinez's mitt.
The shot showed Hunter, his head obscured by the wall and legs pointed toward the sky, and Horgan, arms thrust upward in celebration.
As bedlam overtook Fenway Park, Hunter took note of several Red Sox pitchers quickly coming to his aid.
"You could hear Ryan Dempster and a couple other guys just kind of saying, 'Dude, that's a great effort. Are you all right?' " Hunter said, adding that he still was hurting "toe to head" Monday and was about to receive treatment.
"They put that (being rival players) aside trying to take care of human life. Unlike the cop. Terrible. He didn't help me at all."
Earlier, Hunter said: "This son of a gun's got his hands up. Help me, then cheer, fool. Wish I would have kicked him in the face."
It was difficult to tell just how serious the typically genial Hunter was. He grinned at times during his cop rant, although he wasn't laughing.
But he was quite serious when discussing the play.
"I could have caught the ball," Hunter said. "As I was pursuing the ball, I lost it in the lights. At the end of the day, if I catch that ball, we win that game (and have a 2-0 series lead)."
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According to Bell's biography on MLB.com, his proudest moment as an umpire was returning to the field after having open heart surgery in 1999.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.