Shane Victorino really wanted to come to Boston. In fact, the decision was quite easy.
Victorino, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox in the offseason, wanted to join a baseball town, which is understandable considering the outfielder spent parts of eight seasons in Philadelphia. Victorino wanted to play for a historically passionate fan base so badly, though, that he was apparently willing to take less money in order to make it happen.
The Indians offered Victorino a four-year deal worth $44 million, according to the New York Daily News. Obviously, that means Victorino is earning a higher average salary in Boston than he would have in Cleveland, but one would think a little extra financial security is enticing for a 32-year-old coming off a down year.
But despite Cleveland’s offer, Victorino packed his bags and headed for Boston, realizing that the passion that surrounds the Red Sox was exactly what he was looking for in an organization.
“It was the fan b...