When the ball sailed over the Monster, it took Torii Hunter’s plans with it.
He had played 17 seasons, been to five All-Star Games, and gone to the playoffs seven times, but the World Series always had eluded him.
When he signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, he saw it as his best opportunity.
They had been to the American League Championship Series the past two seasons. This year made three.
Their pitching staff seemingly held every ace in the deck.
Then, with Shane Victorino’s whack at a Jose Veras curveball that produced a grand slam in ALCS Game 6 Saturday night, which ended as a series-clinching 5-2 Red Sox win at Fenway Park, it all went out the window. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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