Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter suffered several bruises as he flipped over the fence while trying to grab David Ortiz’s grand slam in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox Sunday at Fenway Park.
Despite this, Hunter stayed in the game and added that he will not miss any time due to the incident.
“That’s all you can do, just keep fighting, keep battling,” Hunter said after the Tigers’ 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. “I’ll put some ice on it and some Robitussin or something later.”
“I’d die on the field for this. You’re not going to take me off this field,” he added.
The 38-year-old Hunter, who has made a career out of robbing home runs, sprinted to his right, but momentarily lost the ball in the lights and had to cork-screw to his left at the last second to try to make the catch.
At that point, Hunter’s lower back hit the top of the short right-field fence and caused him to forcefully flip over the top, prompting spectators to signal for the Tigers’ training staff while the Red Sox’s bullpen catcher had the ball in his glove.
Hunter said he has some bruises, particularly on his side, but clarified that he was not nursing anything serious.
Fellow outfielders Austin Jackson and Don Kelly went to check on Hunter as soon as he fell, as did several members of the Red Sox’s bullpen, and Hunter had a scratch on the back of his head that was bleeding.
“I don’t remember. I went up, lost it in the lights for a second, then I saw it, tried to give a last effort, and next thing you know, I was flipping over the fence,” Hunter said when asked how close he came to catching that ball.