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Shane Victorino Is Retiring

Bob Wankel - July 3, 2018

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:

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:

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Jimmy Rollins was the 5th Best Offensive Player on His Own Team from 2007-2011

Kyle - June 24, 2015


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There were six Phillies position players who were key parts of the overwhelming majority of their 5-year NL East dominance from 2007-2011. For this story, Carlos Ruiz was taken out as his offensive numbers were so far below the other five.

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Nike Made Mariota Some Custom Draft Kicks and Shane Victorino is Pumped

Jim Adair - April 30, 2015

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You can’t have them because only two pairs were made. I think Victorino might want the other ones.

Shane Victorino Told DeMarco Murray How Great Philly Fans Are

Jim Adair - April 7, 2015

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

While former stars are out there saying Chip Kelly doesn’t appreciate them, a former Phillie is standing up for Philly fans. Shane Victorino, a lifelong Cowboy fan and confessed bandwagon jumper, said after a spanking of the Phillies yesterday that he reached out to DeMarco Murray to tell him how great Eagles fans are:

“I tell athletes all the time … (and) I texted DeMarco when he signed here. I said, ‘If there’s a city that you want to win in and understand how important as an athlete it is to win in a city like this with them falling in love with you as an athlete … this is one of the best.’ I’m very appreciative.

When you talk about winning in a city like (Philadelphia) and to be loved as an athlete, that’s what it’s all about. It’s fun. I said, ‘DeMarco, go do what you do, and you’ll be fine.’ I mean, he’s going to be loved here (in Philadelphia).”

And Shane even wants the Eagles to get Mariota, because we haven’t heard that from enough people yet. “Hopefully, that kid in Oregon (Marcus Mariota) gets an opportunity to slip down (in the NFL Draft),” Victorino said. “I’d love to see him in an Eagles uniform as much as it would kill me and haunt me being a fan of … that team.”

Hopefully DeMarco didn’t notice that fans gave Shane Victorino a standing ovation while booing current Phillie Jonathan Papelbon during introductions.

Shane Victorino Has to Defend Himself on the Radio After Saying the Red Sox Should Get Cole Hamels

Jim Adair - March 26, 2015

Shane Victorino just wants to hang out with his friends, but mean Boston sports radio mongrels won’t let that sort of thing slide. The former Phillie was quoted in the Daily News, saying:

“Any time you can get a No. 1, as I told these guys – not the front office, but the players – any time you can go get a guy in my opinion who is established, who has done it [you do it]. And I understand you don’t want to give up this prospect or that prospect. You’re hoping this guy becomes a Cole Hamels. Hoping. Oh wait, that guy is there now. And even as a hitter. Why would you hope that guy becomes this hitter, when you have it right now? And I understand there’s a financial side. And there’s a bigger picture. But like I said, at the end of the day, it’s right here in front of you. Why are you hoping?

That’s why they’re called prospects. And I understand the future is important, but for an organization – and anybody, any organization, not just here [with the Red Sox] – I’m going to give up, maybe not everybody, but I’m going to give up 2-3 pieces that I think are necessary for a certain guy. Because it warrants it. This guy is established.”

Okay. So those comments actually are a bit iffy. We all know Cole Hamels has a ton of value, but it might not be in Victorino’s best interest to play GM to Ryan Lawrence and say he’d “give up 2-3 pieces that I think are necessary.” Obviously, the next step was Victorino being torn apart in the local press, but at least he defended himself. Victornio called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub and took the hosts to task for taking his quotes “out of context.”

“All I said, a question was asked of me about getting Cole Hamels. I said, ‘Hey, if you can go get Cole, I’ll be all for it.’ Nothing against everybody in this clubhouse. I said from Day 1, I’ll be fine with what we have. We can go win with what we have. But if you can add another element of a guy who’s been there, I said, why wouldn’t you? And that’s the part for me is they took it obviously as me, and the names that were attached to these (rumors), I never mentioned anybody’s name. I said, ‘If you can give up two or three prospects, could be anybody, could be a second-, third-tier guy, my whole career I’ve watched that.”

But the biggest question mark was Mookie Betts, a top prospect in the Red Sox system, who is in line to take Victorino’s centerfield spot. Victornio defended himself, saying he never used Betts’ name. ” I said two or three prospects — whoever,” Victornio said. “It could be anybody. I was never a prospect. I was part of every single trade talk every year (with Philadelphia).”

But it wouldn’t be an athlete calling out a bunch of media slappies for taking things out of context without a challenge of sorts:

“These individuals who make the situation bigger than what it needs to be have no credibility on making statements behind the mic. Come in the clubhouse. Let me ask you face-to-face. That’s the thing that frustrates me more than anything. Individuals sit behind a mic and they take a story and they make it into a big fish rather than keeping it a little fish.”

Luckily for everyone involved — except maybe the Phillies who would get a huge haul — Shane Victornio isn’t the Red Sox GM. He’s probably still a step up from the guy we got, though.

Shane Victorino Gives Phillies Jersey to “Bucket List” Family Who Lost Their Newborn

Jim Adair - October 20, 2014

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Over the past few months, a Delco couple achieved a certain level of internet fame for their “Bucket List Baby.” They wanted to do something for their yet-to-be-born son, Shane, who was set to be born with a rare birth defect that would cause the baby to die soon after birth. They decided to complete a bucket list of sorts for their son and chronicle it on their Facebook page. It even got some national attention. Baby Shane died just hours after being born last week, but the family is still receiving the well wishes of others, including another Shane– Shane Victorino.

Victornio was in Philly this weekend and visited the Drexel Hill couple, gifting them an autographed #8 Phillies jersey with “Shane” on the back to keep in the baby’s memory. It’s a really nice gesture by Victornio, and a really nice thing for the family, who would not have received a jersey if they had decided to name their son “Hunter” or “Erik Kratz,” because those dudes are busy, like Shane was last year around this time.

Shane Victorino’s God Awful Postseason Beard is Now For Sale on eBay

Kyle Scott - November 22, 2013

Oh, this is so gross.*

With the help of Gillette (since they run shit in Boston), Shane Victorino and David Ortiz have placed their beards, and the razors used to shave them off, on eBay, with the proceeds going toward charity.

Here’s the listing:

Up for auction is a 100% authentic Shane Victorino 2013 Championship Beard Ball, grown, groomed and worn with pride through the 2012-2013 season by none other than the Flyin’ Hawaiian himself. This fully authentic beard hair was trimmed and shaved clean on November 4th at Gillette’s World Shaving Headquarters in Boston as part of a charity shave-off. Included with the beard ball is the actual Fusion ProGlide razor used in the shave and a card of authenticity signed by Victorino.

All proceeds go to Movember, the global charity that gets men to grow, and women to support, the moustache for the 30 days of November while raising funds and awareness for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer. For more information, please visit

Act now and obtain your piece of Boston baseball history.

And the accompanying photo:



The current bid for Victorino’s short and curlies is $1,650 with over eight days remaining. Why do I feel like I have a hairball in my throat?

*But honestly, if someone put Cliff Lee’s 2009 toenail clippings on eBay, I’d go up to five figures.

via NESN

Shane Victorino was on Conan Last Night

Kyle Scott - November 6, 2013

Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes appeared on Conan last night and talked about, you know, how great the Red Sox are and, you know, how awesome duck boats are and, you know, the Sox were “gonna get in your ass” on the field and, you know, beards. Oh, and about the time Victorino got hit by a car when he was younger, you know.

I’m gonna go throw up now.

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