Torii returns to scene of flip into Fenway's bullpen
BOSTON -- Torii Hunter returned Friday to the scene of his famous flip over the bullpen wall trying to chase down David Ortiz's grand slam during Game 2 of last October's American League Championship Series. He has no desire to relive those memories, nor any desire to repeat it attempt anytime soon, at least not in the regular season.
"It's the past. You don't dwell on the past," Hunter said. "When I go out there, I won't even think about that."
He won't think about doing that again, either. It was an all-out play he made to try to realize his goal of playing in the World Series. It's not a play he's going to make in the regular season, especially with more than 120 games left on the schedule.
"In the postseason, you know when the fence is there," he said. "That step, like somebody's walking behind you, I knew the wall was there. I said, 'Forget it, I'm taking that extra step.' Here, in the season, if you hit it like that, you can have it.
"You're trying to get to World Series. I haven't been there. My window's closing. I'll do whatever it takes. That's the mentality. It's different. It's so close, you dive for it."
Hunter said he does not hold any grudge against Steve Horgan, the famous bullpen security guard who raised his arms and cheered for the home run as Hunter laid on the ground in the bullpen. Though Hunter had some remarks the next day that sounded critical, Hunter said he talked with Horgan.
"He seems like a good guy," Hunter said. "It was his moment. He got a chance to shine. He got to sign autographs. It's a great thing. Good things happen to good people."