Injured Victorino travels to Philly 'to see the fans'

Injured Victorino travels to Philly 'to see the fans'
May 29, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Shane Victorino was hitting .283 with two homers and 10 RBIs before going on the DL with a hamstring strain.

Though he is on the Boston Red Sox’ disabled list and won’t be able to play, Shane Victorino thought it was important to accompany his team to Philadelphia for the second half a four-game, home-and-home series with the Phillies.
 
“I want to see the fans,” Victorino said in Boston on Tuesday. “I want to acknowledge them, show them that I appreciated playing in Philly all those years.”
 
Victorino has described Philadelphia as “the place where his baseball dreams came true.” In eight seasons in the Phillies organization, he rose from a Los Angeles Dodgers’ castoff to an all-star, Gold Glove winner and World Series champion.
 
Victorino’s run in Philadelphia ended in July of last season when he was traded to the Dodgers. Over the winter, he signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox. He was hitting .283 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 34 games before going on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
 
This is Victorino’s first trip back to Philadelphia as an opposing player.
 
Victorino isn’t the only player who has enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in this interleague series. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon spent the first seven years of his big-league career in Boston. He returned to that city and was saluted by the team during a brief video tribute between innings in Monday night’s game.
 
“It was much appreciated,” said Papelbon, who saved Tuesday night’s 3-1 win for the Phillies.
 
The Phillies are expected to recognize Victorino’s presence in some way during Wednesday night’s game. He was a favorite of club president David Montgomery’s for his passion for the game and community service.
 
“I miss Philly, no question,” he said. “My teammates, we we’re like brothers. That never goes away. It was a great place to play, very special to me, and a great organization with great people top to bottom. Now I’m fortunate to be in another great baseball city with another great team. I’m blessed.”

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