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What They Were Thinking: High fives for Pedro Ciriaco

Pedro Ciriaco of the Red Sox got high fives after hitting a pinch-hit home run in the the eighth inning to give Boston a 3-2 lead over the Twins, at Fenway Park, Aug. 4, 2012.

Stan Grossfeld

Pedro Ciriaco of the Red Sox got high fives after hitting a pinch-hit home run in the the eighth inning to give Boston a 3-2 lead over the Twins, at Fenway Park, Aug. 4, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Pedro Ciriaco of the Red Sox got high fives after hitting a pinch-hit home run in the the eighth inning to give Boston a 3-2 lead over the Twins, at Fenway Park, Aug. 4, 2012.

Ciriaco: “I wasn’t thinking about a homer. I was trying to hit the ball up the middle. I was up in the count and he threw me the pitch I was looking for: A fastball, middle-in. I was happy, it was my first home run and it gave the team the lead, so it was a huge moment for me. I know I hit it good but you know it’s a tall wall. I was running hard, I was thinking about a double. I didn’t see the ball go out because I was running, but I saw the umpire give the sign, I thought, ‘Oh yeah!’ It was a tie game and everybody was excited. The security guy got the ball, he gave it to the hitting coach, who gave it to me. I’m going to get the team to sign it and take it home. The fans were calling my name. I hear they haven’t done that since Pedro Martinez was here. It was a huge moment for me. But they [the Twins] got it back and won the game. That’s baseball. It’s part of the game.”

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