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What They Were Thinking

Shane Victorino has big day at Fenway

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

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: Shane Victorino makes a sliding catch in right field to rob Toronto’s Jose Reyes of extra bases in the top of the ninth inning (left), then is mobbed by teammates in the bottom of the ninth (right) after his hard grounder was misplayed, allowing the deciding run to score in a 5-4 Red Sox victory at Fenway Park, June 30, 2013:

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(Left photo) “Catch the [expletive] ball, that’s what I’m thinking. Catch the ball. I was playing Reyes pretty much straight. As soon as the ball was hit I knew I was running out of foul territory and I’d have to make a play. So leaving my feet was definitely going through my mind. If you don’t dive you don’t catch it, and probably wind up going into the wall. I pretty much ended up in this guy’s lap right here. Why am I so fearless? Because it’s an out. I’ve got to make outs. I ought to know how to slide by now. The Flying Hawaiian. I just saw the ball being hit and I had to go catch it. I didn’t really hit the wall, I hit the cushioning, and I was good.”

(Right photo) “I wanted to choke that Koji-san [closer Koji Uehara] for slapping me in the chest, that’s why I got him in a headlock. No, I’m definitely happy. It’s great to see your teammates running out there. Yeah, it was an error, but hey, it’s a W and that’s all that matters. I don’t think I ever had a game where I had a walkoff on an error, I don’t know maybe way back when, but not at this level. I definitely have not had a walkoff error.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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