Shane Victorino can't wait to get back to Philadelphia. It has been nearly 10 months since the Phillies dealt the popular outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a journey that continued on to Boston when he signed 3-year, $39 million contract in the offseason. Victorino returns to Citizens Bank Park - the scene of memorable personal and team triumphs - for the first time Wednesday when the Red Sox visit for a two-game interleague series. But first, Victorino's Red Sox host the Phillies on Memorial Day and Tuesday at Fenway Park. He missed his third straight game last night with a hamstring injury and is listed as day-to-day, but should be ready for the Phillies. "I'm definitely excited," Victorino said this week during Boston's series against the White Sox. "I spent eight seasons there - pretty much the life of who I am as a baseball player and who I became. It will always have a special place in my heart and I'll never forget it." The 32-year-old "Flyin' Hawaiian," was a pending free agent on a noncontending Phillies team last July when they traded him to the Dodgers for minor league pitcher Ethan Martin and Josh Lindblom (who went to Texas in the Michael Young trade). He has settled in comfortably in Boston, delivering productive numbers despite occasional bumps and bruises attributed to his take-no-prisoners playing style. In 34 games, he is batting .283 (.346 with runners in scoring position) with a .343 on-base percentage, two homers, four doubles and 10 runs batted in, batting from the two-hole most of the time and playing rightfield as opposed to his usual centerfield spot with the Phillies. He had numerous highlights during eight Phillies seasons, including two All-Star Game appearances, three Gold Glove awards and honors from Major League Baseball for community service work. Then there was that 2008 championship season. "Winning the World Series was obviously the most special day," he said. "Being able to jump on that pile, hug all my teammates and go into the locker room and celebrate and go back out and celebrate with the fans, that's the kind of stuff that will never leave me." When Pat Burrell, another star on the 2008 World Series team, returned to Citizens Bank Park with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, he was given a nice ovation when he came to bat. But then he ruined it by hitting a home run, and got booed. "I don't know how I'm going to handle it, if it's going to be an emotional time for me," Victorino said.
On deck for Phillies: Shane Victorino
Philly.com | May 24