Shane Victorino, the sparkplug centerfielder for some of the most successful Phillies teams in the franchise’s 135 year history, officially announced his retirement last night:
Maui’s @ShaneVictorino officially announced his retirement from pro baseball today // For full story from #LasVegas 👉🏽 @khonnews mobile app – link in bio @Phillies @RedSox @Padres @Dodgers @Angels #FlyinHawaiian 🤙🏽 pic.twitter.com/dG01hxNNSk
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) July 3, 2018
In doing so, Victorino, who, if I’m being honest, thought had already retired, joins Jayson Werth as a key member of the 2008 World Series team to recently call it quits. While fan sentiment regarding Werth ridiculously remains mixed, Victorino is almost unanimously beloved for his spirited play and clutch postseason performances. He did other things with the Red Sox, like help the team win a World Series, but nobody cares about that.
In eight seasons with the Phillies between 2005 and 2012, Victorino, a two-time National League all-star and three-time Gold Glove award winner with the team, hit .279 with a .784 OPS.
His most memorable moments with the Phillies came during the 2008 postseason. There was this game-changing two-out grand slam against a red-hot CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS:
And this underrated game-tying homer in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS:
Victorino was in the middle of everything, and the fans ate up his “little in stature, big in hustle and heart” persona. He is a slam dunk to eventually go on the team’s wall of fame and will be honored in early August as part of the team’s annual alumni weekend.