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Shane Victorino is a World Champion of baseball once again

Oct 31, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

source:  There’s just something awesome about Shane Victorino with the bases loaded in the postseason. The Flyin’ Hawaiian made his mark on history once again last night when he ripped a bases clearing double high off the Green Monster to put the Red Sox up for good last night en route to the Red Sox defeating the St. Louis Cardinals to hoist the World Series trophy at Fenway Park.

So add Boston to the cities Shane will never have to buy a beer in.

This season was a pretty remarkable turnaround for Shane individually and some are pointing to the Sox signing of Victorino as one of the major factors in the franchise’s wild turnaround.

The moment they showed on TV last night after his huge double where Shane was standing on third base pounding his chest with the Fenway crowd going absolutely bonkers made me truly miss Shane. But moreso it just made me really, really miss playoff baseball in Philadelphia.

Congrats to Shane on once again being a World Champion of baseball. I for one was happy to see Shane get another chance to spray some champagne.

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  1. Hiccup - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t miss Shane is not sane save Rubes who can chalk that one as another one that got away.

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    • galasso2586 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I wouldn’t say he was one that “got away.” I think a change of scenery is what needed to happen for Shane’s career and so the Phillies could start looking to the future (even if they haven’t fully done that yet). It was a good thing for both sides that they went their separate ways.

      I’m happy for Shane and wish him the best. I did see last night that the one guy from Fox tried to get him to compare this championship to the one in Philly and Shane luckily didn’t take the bait.

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      • sfsu - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        ” It was a good thing for both sides that they went their separate ways”

        No. It certainly wasn’t a good thing that Amaro couldn’t recognize Victorino was undervalued after his disappointing 2012 following a monster 2011

      • galasso2586 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        sfsu – Do you really think Shane puts up the numbers that he had this year in the Phillies line up from this past season?

  2. Matt - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The best part of Shane was his reply to the Fox reporter slamming the Phil’s in his question post-game. Class Act.

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    • kirk - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Would love to see that but can’t find it online anywhere. If anyone has a link please post.

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    • Tim - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Yeah, Ken Rosenthal said something like “was this better than when you won in Philadelphia” and Shane just shot him down and said he won’t comment on that.

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  3. Andy Schreiber - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Always be a fan of Shane’s. Always a Phillie in my book.

    That said, Boston overpaid for him, and his last couple seasons in Philly were marked by lackluster play. It was time to move on. The only problem is that we tried to fill his shoes (and the rest of our outfield) with AAAA players, if you know what I mean.

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    • galasso2586 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      I wouldn’t say that Brown or Revere are AAAA players. Dom Brown was an All Star and Revere was the only person on the team hitting over .300. Revere was doing exactly what they brought him in for. He struggled early on, but definitely turned the corner and was putting together a nice season.

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    • Scott B - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Overpaid for him? haha

      Keep telling yourself that buddy because they just won the world series and he played a big role in that for what, $13m? The Sox nor Phils including dont care about $13m

      Guessing we’d take that again in a heartbeat considering we don’t even have a third outfielder.

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      • sfsu - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        They underpaid Victorino.

      • willh888 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        just won his 4th gold glove too. How many guys can win 1 in both leagues? I’m sure there’s a list somewhere. I also love him bailing on the switch hitting. He always looked better from the right side of the plate. More drivin’, less hackin’

      • Chutley - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        i did not realize he bailed on switch hitting….that was something i always thought he should do, esp when he was batting right next to Jimmy

  4. willh888 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    so glad we got 26 games out of Lindblom. Ethan Martin is lookin’ sharp too. Great trade. thpppppppp

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  5. Smackey the Frog - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I sure do miss that Flyin’ Hawaiian… kid has balls as large as coconuts. Good for him.

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  6. Mostel - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Go look up Victorino’s garbage numbers in the 2009 World Series, 2010 playoffs, and 2011 playoffs. He was terrible in those 4 playoff series.

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    • Zippy - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Dude, he went .353 in the 2009 NLDS and .368 in the NLCS and had 3 HR’s – what he did against the Dodgers (his old team) was legendary. Oh, and he batted .316 in the 2011 NLDS. Yeah, in 2010 he wasn’t good batting in the playoffs – but if you account for any injuries, and how others were slumping, you have to let it go. The whole team sucked in 2009 WS. Everyone’s bats went to sleep against the Giants in 2010 NLCS, and even the NLDS against Cincy. Clearly our pitching was what did it in 2010 playoffs. But more to the point, he’s a 2 time WS Champion on 2 different teams in 2 different leagues, has 4 Gold Gloves and has taken his place in playoff history, when he basically started in 2005 as a castoff rule 5 that most people thought wouldn’t last the year with the Phillies and you bring that negative crap?

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