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Bullpen cop’s work is all in the line of duty

Steve Horgan, the “bullpen cop” celebrating David Ortiz’s grand slam in the iconic double-V photograph by the Globe’s Stan Grossfeld, will forever have a special niche in Red Sox fandom. Nonetheless, the photo, and some postgame comments by Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter, who plunged head over heels over the bullpen wall trying to catch Ortiz’s blast, may raise questions about what, precisely, are the responsibilities of a bullpen cop.

“He’s supposed to protect and serve . . . help me, then cheer, fool,” Hunter reportedly said, perhaps as a joke, but perhaps not. While the duties of a bullpen cop — the term itself sounds like an Adam Sandler movie — aren’t spelled out, they center on making sure that fans don’t harass players; they don’t include getting involved with on-field play.

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