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Shane Victorino has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to several reports.

The Phillies will get reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin in return. Lindblom has pitched in 48 games this year and has a 3.02 ERA. 

Dom Brown has been scratched from the Iron Pigs lineup and is on his way to D.C. to take Victo’s place.

As much guff as we give Victorino, it’s sad to see the first true member of the Phillies’ core go. Victorino played a big part in each and every playoff run, was always entertaining to watch, and did a lot of good in the local community. For most Phillies fans, his face, along with those of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels, comes to mind at the mere mention of the year 2008. 

For many, the moment that signaled the Phillies were going to do something special in 2008 was when Victorino hit a grand slam off C.C. Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS. The Phillies, and Shane, never looked back en route to becoming the World Fucking Champions.

Aloha, Shane.

If you want to indulge that little lump in your throat, listen to this 2008 audio retrospective put together in 2010 by reader (@TheOCCN). Dare you to not lose it at the 1:48 mark.