Shane Victorino, Eternal Phillie?

I am totally making something out of nothing here, I’ll completely admit, but as I run around doing wedding errands today, I can’t stand to have last night’s game thread as the most recent post all day, because who wants to think about yet another awful game?

So instead, let’s focus on how it sounds, according to Barry Bloom of MLB.com, like Shane Victorino would seemingly rather be on a suddenly red-hot Phillies team than sucking it up in Los Angeles:

If you’re wondering, Victorino hasn’t left his nearly nine Philadelphia seasons behind.

“We’ve always been known as a second-half team,” Victorino said before checking himself. “I should say, ‘They’ always have been known to be. It’s not we anymore. I’m no longer part of that team. I’m here.”

(snip)

He’s a free agent after the World Series and at nearly 32, there was a question whether the Phillies wanted to re-sign him.

But Victorino still harbors hope he can go home again. At the same time, he’d be more than happy to remain with the Dodgers. They’re the organization that drafted him. He’s with them for the third time. It’s much closer to his Maui home than Philly. Now all he has to do is pick up his .257 batting average so those teams will show any interest.

Despite the trade, Victorino said he believes the path back to the Phillies is still unencumbered.

“At the Trade Deadline, they just wanted to give me an opportunity to come here to win,” he said. “They never said anything that the door was closed, so we’ll see what happens in regards to free agency and all that. But I’m not really focused on that. In the present time, I’m focused on this team and getting this team to the playoffs. But I’d entertain the possibility of going back. I’m not shutting the door on that.”

Accurate depiction? Opportunistic reporting? You decide. For me, no, I don’t think that we should act like Victorino “isn’t a Dodger” and that his distraction is the reason he’s hitting just .245/.311/.331 since arriving. But man, that doesn’t sound great, does it? Whether it’s because he wants to return to Philadelphia or because he’s not performing in Los Angeles, it seems all but certain that Victorino is in his final three weeks as a Dodger, and the way that trade has worked out so far, I can’t say that’s a disappointing prospect to me at all.

289 comments
The Monocle
The Monocle

What's with all the nerd talk? Save it for the late night crew. Only the three B's allowed on this shift. Baseball, Beers and Bitches.

Tangled Up In Blue
Tangled Up In Blue

I feel like just about everyone on here has tweaked their profile. It's like I don't even know you guys anymore. 

Tangled Up In Blue
Tangled Up In Blue

I kind of wish Melky hadn't been caught until after he won the MVP. That would just accentuate the greatness that is Matt Kemp. 

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

Jim Bowden in his Insider ESPN column projects where the big free agents will go this fall. It is not hard to see the Dodgers going after one or more top pitchers especially if Bills may miss all or part of the next year. Bowden has the Dodgers projected to be in on Greinke, Dempster, Fernando Rodney, Colby Lewis and others

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=4957

 

 

I realize that Bowden around here probably has a credibility level only slightly north of Lance Armstrong, but he did have a very interesting projection. 

Shane Victorino to the gnats. I would love to see the two overpaid and under-performing ex-Phillies (Victorino and Pence)  patrolling the OF in SF  next year

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

If Guggenhem had bought the team using gold, it would have taken 38 tons.

FreeDK
FreeDK

So who else got this Verizon reconnect fee lawsuit email?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

Just tried watching the Victorino chat session from earlier, but I had to close it out after him saying, "uh, you know.." about 30 times in 2 minutes and way overusing the one day at a time cliche

FreeDK
FreeDK

That sword sounds pretty stupid if you have to use both hands and can't defend with your shield, why would you want it?

FreeDK
FreeDK

Do they have bicycle parking at DS?

TheConman
TheConman

Hypothetically, the MVP comes down to Braun and Posey...who would you vote for?

 

Dang88
Dang88

Dodger talk said Hatcher was helping some guys with their timing.......oh fuck no

FreeDK
FreeDK

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MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @Cadtalfryn ruby, sapphire, emerald, fire red, leaf green, diamond, and pearl.

 

they are all basically the same thing