Found October 21, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
When Shane Victorino stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th and the Red Sox trailing by a run, the best I was hoping for was Victorino to get hit by another pitch. That basically summarized Victorino’s postseason up until that moment. Until the home-run, Victorino had been hit by the same number of pitches (2) as he had actual base hits in the series. In the long run, Victorino’s performance was somewhat of a disappointment, but that does not take into account that perhaps Victorino was simply regressing to the the performance that most Red Sox fans thought he would have when they signed him in the offseason. When Ben Cherrington inked Victorino to a 3 year, $39 million contract, most Red Sox fans thought they were overpaying for an outfield stop-gap until the next round of homegrown talent was ready to play right-field. He looked like a player on the wrong side of 30 last season, certainly not someone worth $39 million coming off an ugly contract season. Well documented at this point is how much of a difference that Victorino made on and off the field. On the field, he brought his numbers back to 2011 levels, posting a .294/.351/.451 slash stat and a 6.1 WAR in 122 games this season. Off the field, he brought a hardworking demeanor that was a highlight of the Red Sox offseason rebuilding efforts, looking for high character people that could change the culture of the toxic Red Sox locker room. Still, there was a sense that the Red Sox were living on borrowed performance from Shane Victorino. He was not hitting very well in the ALCS, only 2-23 when his turn came up in the bottom of the seventh, and there was talk that Victorino should have been dropped in the order. Nobody expected Shane Victorino to come through in that moment. Nobody, except maybe Shane Victorino. The same Shane Victorino who laid possibly the worst-bunt of the season to kill a rally in the sixth inning. The same Shane Victorino who was a giant question mark in the media and with the fan-base in the off-season. Motivated by the critics  Shane Victorino took one swing of the bat and made the entire amount of money of his contract by hitting the lead taking and game winning grand slam over the Green Monster it what was the least likely home-run since J.D Drew’s game breaking grand slam in the 2007 ALCS 6 years ago. Victorino’s home-run summed the Red Sox season up to this point. Questioned by everyone and with plenty of people not believing in the talent of the team, Victorino and the Red Sox defied the odds to make it all the way to the World Series. In 2004, the Red Sox were coming off a heartbreaking 2003 season and they felt like the favorites to win the World Series. In 2007, an extremely talented Red Sox team won the division and did not see any real competition until the ALCS that season. 2013 came out of nowhere. The worst Red Sox team in the modern era was the 2012 version and the moves such as the Victorino one did not appear to be moves based on contending this season. They were stopgap moves to plug holes and stay competitive until the next round of home grown players came in the system. That’s part of the reason this team seemed genuine and memorable. They were not expected to do much and make much noise, but they kept winning games and weekly seemed to do them in more impressive fashion each time. An end of July, early August series against Seattle in which they played marathon games and had comebacks down from five runs down proved that this Red Sox team was special. They fought through everything, and they fought all the way into the playoffs. The Tampa Bay series was a lot easier then thought, but the next one proved to be just as difficult as most predicted. They kept fighting, and now they are four wins away from being the unlikely World Champs.

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