Boston cop talks Red Sox bullpen celebration, Internet fame
Officer Steve Horgan has been a Boston cop for 27 years and an Internet sensation for about two days.
Horgan is the veteran Boston cop whose arms-raised bullpen celebration went viral when the Red Sox’s David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam during Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
The 50-year-old spoke to the media on Tuesday and said he has been “humbled” by all of the attention.
“When I got home last night my telephone was going crazy,” he said.
Horgan said he thought Detroit player Torii Hunter was going to catch the ball, but instead, the player made a diving effort and flipped over the wall and into the bullpen.
Horgan raised both is arms in celebration. It’s something he said he usually does during Red Sox home runs, but this was the first time it was caught on film.
Hunter made comments to the media on Monday about Horgan celebrating before coming to his aid. Horgan said he didn’t read those comments.
“As soon as he fell, I started to walk over to him, but the Red Sox staff, players and trainer in the bullpen were right there helping,” Horgan said.
Hunter stayed in the game after the play.
Horgan has worked details at Fenway Park for more than 20 years doing traffic control, working the stands and even doing security in the dugout. However, this is his first year working the bullpen.
Horgan works out of District 4, which includes Fenway Park. The captain of the district assigns officers to work spots at Fenway.
Horgan was asked whether he knew about any rules prohibiting police officers working the game from celebrating.
“Not that I’m aware of,” he said.
“We actually encourage it,” a smiling Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis said.
If the playoff series returns to Fenway Park, Davis said Horgan “certainly will be” back in the bullpen.
“This has been a great event and it’s great that Steve is now a part of Red Sox history,” said Davis.
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