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Victorino came up big when time was right

By Jimmy Golen

Associated Press


BOSTON » Shane Victorino spread his arms wide like an airplane and took off from right field, tossing his glove high in the air as he approached the dogpile in the infield.

The Saint Anthony graduate arrived right on time.

Hitless in his first 10 World Series at-bats before missing two games with a bad back, Victorino hit a three-run double to break a scoreless tie in Game 6 on Wednesday night and send the Boston Red Sox to a championship-clinching 6-1 victory over St. Louis.

"My parents always told (me), 'Take every moment. Live every moment. Love every moment. I just went up there and said, 'Hey, I'm getting another moment,"' Victorino said after the Red Sox claimed their third title in 10 years. "I missed two games. It's time to shine, do what you can. I was able to get in a good hitter's count, put a ball off the wall, enjoy every moment of it."

Victorino also added an RBI single with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to give Boston a 6-0 lead. Victorino, who also reached the playoffs with Philadelphia each year from 2007-11, is now 6-for-8 with a major league record 20 RBIs with the bases loaded in his postseason career.

"Well, Shane Victorino has got a little bit of flair for the dramatic," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The hits that he did record in the postseason couldn't have been bigger and couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Whether it was in Game 6 against the Tigers or the three-run (double) here tonight."

Victorino earned a Gold Glove in right field while batting .294 with 21 stolen bases in the regular season. He hit .429 against Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs, but he was 2-for-24 in the AL Championship Series before hitting a grand slam to deliver the pennant to Boston.

He fell back into a slump in the Series.

Once again, he broke out of it in timely fashion.

"Our goal from Day 1 was to be the best team we could possibly be," Victorino said. "Hey, we're world champs. Can't believe it."

Victorino sat out Game 4 and 5 in St. Louis because of tightness in his back, though Farrell said he could have pinch hit on Monday when the Red Sox won to take a 3-2 lead. Instead, he came back when the Series returned to Boston.

"We knew somebody was going to do it. That's how we are," Napoli said. "He missed some games, was banged up, but he came through. He got some big hits for us and we wouldn't be here without him."

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BigIsandLava wrote:
Eating a Zip Pack at Hilo's Zippy's in your tribute and World Series win.
on October 31,2013 | 06:23AM
llpof wrote:
Congratulations, Shane! We were all screaming for you here on Maui. Hope you heard us!
on October 31,2013 | 07:24AM
SY808 wrote:
Hey let's not forget about Kolten Wong... He came up big for Boston too! :)
on October 31,2013 | 07:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Boston thanks Kolten for his contribution towards this championship.
on October 31,2013 | 07:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
GORILLA Victorino comes through again......
on October 31,2013 | 07:51AM
scooters wrote:
He played well but I've got to say that once there was a time when baseball players were clean cut all American's and not looking like members of the "Taliban" will those beards.
on October 31,2013 | 07:56AM
Descartes22 wrote:
Victorinio's style of play is embraced by Sox fans. As in Philadelphia, he is a fan favorite due to his old school play. Pretty remarkable that he had the key hits in the NLCS and World Series clinchers.
on October 31,2013 | 08:08AM
paniolo wrote:
Congratulations, Shane. World Series rings in both leagues. Also, Gold Gloves in both leagues. Way to go.
on October 31,2013 | 08:23AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Some redemption for those who were skeptical about the signing of Victorino by Boston and the amount of money they threw at him. Red Sox got a hard working multi-tool player who is a team player, role model, community and team leader and a veteran who is a winner.
on October 31,2013 | 02:08PM
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