Photos courtesy of Stan Grossfeld/the Boston Globe
The bases were loaded at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were losing to the Detroit Tigers, and Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld (’80) wasn’t where he was supposed to be. The second-level overhang TV pit near first base was technically off-limits. But breaking the rules served the Pulitzer Prize winner well on October 13, 2013, in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. As the Sox’s David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie the game, and Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipped into the bull pen in his leap for the ball, Grossfeld swung his 800-millimeter lens into action to capture this shot (below), in which Hunter’s legs and Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan’s arms form two V ’s for victory or one W for win. The Sox went on to win the World Series.
Some see a Boston Strong theme in the image, and Grossfeld says he’s happy the photo is playing a role in the city’s healing after last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. “We don’t forget,” he says, “but it’s just nice to see that much joy again.”—Julie Rattey