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Cop ‘humbled’ by attention his celebration of David Ortiz’s grand slam has attracted


Steve Horgan, the Boston police officer who instantly became an Internet celebrity after he was seen raising his arms in triumph after David Ortiz hit a grand slam during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, said he has been “humbled” by the tremendous amount of attention he has received courtesy of his impromptu celebratory gesture.

Photos, screenshots, GIFs and videos flooded social media sites that showed Horgan pumping his arms in the bullpen as Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter fearlessly tumbled over the wall desperately trying to bring back Ortiz’s long drive before it cleared the fence. The grand slam propelled the BoSox to a 6-5 win to tie the series at one game apiece heading into Game 3 Tuesday afternoon.

Horgan explained the reason behind his celebratory arms-raising simply and succinctly.

“Because I’m a Sox fan, I just raised my arms,” Horgan told reporters on Tuesday at Boston police headquarters.

Horgan has been working at Red Sox games at Fenway Park in some capacity for 20 years, but this is his first year in the bullpen.

Horgan, 50, a 27-year veteran of the Boston police force, is more than taken aback by all the attention he’s receiving, saying, “I’m humbled by it.”

The veteran cop explained how he felt the moment the ball cleared the fence.

“I couldn’t even hear myself it was so loud,” said Horgan, quoted in an ESPN Boston report. “I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to think. I can’t believe it. It was an awesome feeling.”

An awesome feeling, indeed, an outward expression of joy made abundantly clear by the Red Sox fan’s natural and instinctual reaction to a wonderful moment.

[New York Daily News, GIF via Cut4]