Originally written on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 11/15/14
I want to start by making mention of something: Shane Victorino has been a really good Phillie. He is not a Hall-of-Famer, sure, but he was a major, major part of the best run in team history. He was an almost symbolic part of them bullying the Mets out of the way, and taking over the NL East for five years running. He made a couple of All-Star Games. He hit huge home runs off of C.C. Sabathia and Jon Broxton in the '08 run to the title. Over two NLCS's, he drove Dodgers fans insane. He became a fan favorite, and a pretty damn good player, winning a couple of Gold Gloves. Not bad for a Rule 5 Pick that the Dodgers turned down paying us $25,000 for taking him back, when we sent him to the minors after he didn't make our club. All of this is worth remembering if you're a Phillies fan, like myself, who has clamored for him to be traded. It's also something worth noting when he is inevitably boo'ed if he's on the next trip back to Citizens Bank Park. This guy deserved a better send-off ...
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