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What They Were Thinking

Stephen Drew makes a clutch catch

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:

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Up today: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew makes an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Detroit’s Prince Fielder during Game 1 of the ALCS, Oct. 12, 2013.

Said Drew: “The biggest thing is, looking back, that I thought I was going to get hit. But I didn’t want the ball to drop. That was the biggest thing so . . . I knew it was either me or looking back on the replay now on the screen, I was the only one near it that could have caught that. I knew Ells [Jacoby Ellsbury] had a lot of speed to cover ground, and that’s who I thought was going to hit me more than anything. But they saw me not giving up and knowing that I was not going to give up getting out there. No, I didn’t call it. I thought I was going to get it. My biggest thought was I had a good read and broke back really quick. It’s difficult anyways [to call it]. It’s loud, especially when the ball is about to fall it gets even louder. I had a good read on it and I was glad to make the play. I’ve done it before but not in a game to keep things close. Looking back it’s pretty neat and I was glad to be able to do it.”

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