Torii Hunter on walk-off loss: Tigers learned ‘not to touch the hot stove’ that is David Ortiz
|10.14.13 at 2:17 am ET|
It was Hunter who had a view unlike anyone else in the park when his close friend and former teammate David Ortiz smashed a game-tying grand slam into the Red Sox bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning. The low-flying rocket and Hunter arrived at the low fence in front of the Red Sox bullpen at virtually the same time, with the ball just barely clearing Hunter’s glove, and the collision of Hunter and the wall resulting in the outfielder spilling over the wall and crashing into the bullpen.
“I was going up goin after the ball, and ended up flipping over. It was all or nothing,” said Hunter. “My hip, it hit the top of the wall. Kind of just bruised it a little bit. But this is postseason. I’d die on the field for this. They’re not going to take me off this field.”
After the fact, the pain of the collision (Hunter said he was fine after having the wind knocked out of him) was nothing compared to the emotional anguish of the defeat.
“It’s obvious. I’m pissed off. The one guy you don’t want to beat you, he beat us. One of the best hitters in postseason history. This guy, he hit the ball out of the park, it ties the game up, and they end up coming back and winning the game,” Hunter lamented. “We’re all pissed. Everyone on this team is pissed that that happened.
“You don’t want David Ortiz to beat you,” he added. “Everybody in the whole world knows that this dude can beat you. And it happened. It hurts. But what can you do?”
Hunter made clear his displeasure in seeing his team give Ortiz an opportunity to transform the game with a single swing.
“When David Ortiz walks to the plate, with the bases loaded, you’re thinking grand slam. So why did it happen?” he wondered. “[The Tigers learned] not to touch the hot stove anymore. Mom will let you touch it once, let you burn yourself so you never touch it again.”
As dismayed as Hunter was that the Tigers gave up an opportunity to return to Detroit with a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven ALCS, he also made clear that the Tigers are in solid shape by virtue of their 1-1 deadlock in the series. And so, he expects his team to move beyond Sunday night’s gut-wrenching defeat in an effort to reassert itself by Game 3 on Tuesday.
“We’re professionals. We get over it. You’ve got to have amnesia. If you don’t have amnesia, you wouldn’t be here in the major leagues,” said Hunter. “You’ve always got tomorrow. It stings for today, but tomorrow and Tuesday it’ll be a totally different game.”
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Unexpected Trades Red Sox Could Pull Off This Offseason
- Dream Free-Agent Pickups for Red Sox
- Red Sox Free Agency News and Trade Rumors
- Should Red Sox Trade Cespedes This Offseason?
- Red Sox's Most Tradeable Assets for Offseason
- Uehara Inks 2-Year Extension with Sox
- Possible Trade Partners, Packages for Cespedes
- Aaron Kurcz dealt to Atlanta for Anthony Varvaro
- Offseason Notes: Trades, signings, and awards
- Marco Hernandez received from Cubs to complete Doubront trade
- Podcast Ep. 69: Hot Stove on High
- Fall/Winter League Roundup: Castillo/Vazquez headline action in Puerto Rico
- Trade analysis: Scouting the players in the Wade Miley deal
- Sox acquire Zeke Spruill for Myles Smith in second D-Backs trade
- Justin Masterson: An unlikely All-Star reunites with the Red Sox
- Trade analysis: Scouting the prospects dealt for Porcello
- Astros select Jason Garcia in Rule 5 draft, trade him to Orioles