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Speaking to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
the former Phillie revealed that Boston was not his first choice
heading into free agency. His first choice would have been a reunion in
Philadelphia, where he spent eight years of his career.
"Oh yeah, absolutely,"said Victorino. "I focused on that. I wanted
to come back. We kept in touch and informed them on what was going on
and the opportunities I was getting. We gave them every last shot to
give me an opportunity to come back. This was the place I wanted to be.
But unfortunately it didn't work out."
CSNNE: Victorino: Philadelphia 'was the place I wanted to be'
I've been to Philly many times, and it's not that great.
It's understandable that someone who spent 8 drama-free years of his career in Philly wanted to return to the city. He didn't bash Boston in any way, just stated he wanted to re-sign with the Phillies.
He looked genuinely enthusiastic during the introductory press conference for the team that wasn't his first choice. I would have thought the Sox were his first choice and was dying to play in Boston. I'll take that excitement from a guy playing for his runner-up.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Baseball Hall of Fame shall see end of an era | ESPN Boston: Laying out Curt Schilling's HOF credentials | WEEI: Red Sox showed interest in Lance Berkman before his deal with Rangers