Shane Victorino is an emotional dude but his press conference on Monday night, only a few hours after being traded to the Los Angeles Angels, was rather surprising.
Jeepers...tough to miss the sponsorship behind the mic. Surprised they didn't wheel Victorino out there in a foam coffee cup mascot costume. (Click on the three links above for more Dunkin' Donuts commercials. Wink, wink...we can be bought...call us Mr. Dunkin')
Back to Shane. "The Flyin' Hawaiian" hasn't been in Boston all that long. He signed with the Red Sox as a free agent prior to the 2013 season...good decision. He made gobs of cash, won a gold glove, and also cashed in with his second World Series ring (also won with the Phillies in 2008). After the 2013 World Series things went downhill for him. Back surgery in 2014 cost him most of the season and another trip to the DL this season (along with a horrible Red Sox team) spelled the end to his time in Bean Town.
Two and a half seasons is plenty of time to make great relationships and it's quite obvious that Victorino has done exactly that in Boston. He has great relationships with his teammates, management, and especially the city and their passionate Red Sox fans. Arriving on the field as a member of the Red Sox only two weeks before the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and then participating in a duck boat World Series parade later that same year has definitely left a huge impact on him emotionally. That is truly a summer that he will never forget.
I will never criticize a player for showing his emotions. He worked extremely hard to get back on the field and hopefully the move pays off for him and he can get back to being an everyday player in left field for the Angels.
Don't worry, Shane. Every little thing is gonna be alright.
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