Shane Victorino: A Tip of the Cap

30 May

Yes, it was a great game last night.  Well, any win these days is great, right?  Dom Brown has really hit his stride blasting two more home runs to bring his total to 13 just one behind MLB home run leader Justin Upton.

Brown has now hit five home runs in the last five games and is the first Phillies player to hit 10 home runs in a month since Ryan Howard hit 11 in August 2009.

Kyle Kendrick bounced back from a couple of subpar performances to pitch six strong innings last night allowing only two runs against a tough Red Sox lineup to get his fifth win of the season.  And Jonathan Papelbon notched his second save in as many nights against his former team keeping him perfect in save opportunities, 11-11.

But there was another moment in last night’s game that was very special.

A moment that once again disproves the negative national reputation often given to Phillies fans.

It happened in the middle of the fourth inning when the Phillies (who also deserve credit for continuing to be one of the classiest organization in sports) played a video tribute honoring former Phil Shane Victorino for the many contributions he made on and off the field during his eight years wearing Phillies red.

His time in Philadelphia will always be remembered as one of the most successful in Phillies history.  The Phillies made five playoff appearance, reached two World Series and won it all once and Victorino always seemed to be right in the middle of the action.

The fans started to cheer as soon as the video began and when it ended there was a loud and long standing ovation.  Since Shane is currently on the disabled list with the Red Sox, he has not yet taken the field in this series.  But the fans would not stop cheering until the ‘Flyin’ Hawaiin‘ came out of the dugout to acknowledge the applause.  The always gracious Victorino was moved by the Phillies gesture and the fans.

“I just thank the organization for allowing me to go out there and tip my cap to the fans and thank them. It brought back old memories. It was great.”

But as the video reminded us, it is you we want to thank Shane, for giving us some of the most memorable moments in Phillies history.


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