Torii Hunter recalls ALCS bullpen flip

BOSTON -- The iconic moment was one that stands out among the most memorable from the Boston Red Sox's 2013 championship season.

ALCS Game 2. Down by four runs, bases loaded in the eighth inning and perennial postseason hero David Ortiz at the plate.

The line drive hit out to right field on the first pitch Ortiz saw; the full-out charge made by Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter in an attempt to catch the ball; and, finally, Hunter's head-over-heels flip over the wall, complemented by bullpen cop Steve Horgan's celebratory reaction, arms thrust in the air, as Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam in an eventual 6-5 Red Sox win.

The image itself will forever last in Red Sox lore, but for Hunter, the moment is a thing of the past.

"I talked to [Horgan]. We laughed," Hunter said Friday night. "He's good people, man."

In town as the Red Sox host Detroit at Fenway Park for the first time since the Tigers were eliminated from the 2013 postseason in Game 6 of the ALCS, Hunter downplayed the situation that hung over his head during the series following Game 2. The 38-year-old outfielder said that none of the fans in right field gave him a hard time about the moment during the Tigers' 1-0 victory Friday and that he didn't understand why such a big deal was made over his comments following the event.

"[Horgan's] supposed to protect and serve. This son of a gun's got his hands up. Help me, then cheer, fool," Hunter told reporters following the Game 2 loss. "I wish I would have kicked him in the face."

The comments were in jest, Hunter said, and, as a visiting player, he's known Horgan for years.

"I wasn't mad. I just cracked a joke and they thought I was mad," Hunter said. "I don't know where it came from that I was mad. I was never mad."

Although Hunter drove in the only run Detroit needed to beat Boston on Friday night, the outfielder said there was no joy in revenge taken as part of the win.

"It doesn't matter," Hunter said. "This year is different; if you dwell on the past, you can't focus on the now. They won. It's over with. Now, it's a different scene. We're not here to prove anything. We're just coming to play."