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What They Were Thinking

Shane Victorino explains his crash

Shane Victorino’s crash into the right field wall was captured in this series of photos.
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Shane Victorino’s crash into the right field wall was captured in this series of photos.

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: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, crashing into the fence while chasing a home run by Toronto’s Emilio Bonifacio, then being consoled by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, at Fenway Park on May 12.

Said Victorino: “Owww. Owww. No, what was going through my mind was, ‘Catch the ball.’ That was it. All I was thinking was, ‘Catch the ball,’ and then I was down on the ground. That was the two things that went through my mind. I never said, ‘Ouch,’ until I realized that I took the wall out. No, it never hit my glove. My glove flew off when I hit. I lost [my] breath. I just couldn’t breathe. [Ellsbury] came over and said, ‘Are you all right?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m just trying to catch my breath.’ The other [Toronto] guys didn’t say anything until the next day. My philosophy is catch ’em all. Not at all costs, but that day I didn’t realize the wall was that close.”

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Said Ellsbury: “I was hoping the visitors would open the gate for him so he’d run through it and catch it. He hit that hard, didn’t he?”

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