Originally written on Macho Row  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Mlb_jun_16_f287
Well, of course he did. Philadelphia is awesome. Shane Victorino was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer as the trade deadline loomed and Ruben Amaro Jr. opted to begin a bit of an overhaul project with the roster. Victorino was shipped to Los Angeles and Hunter Pence was sent to San Francisco in exchange for an assortment of players. Though he had been traded to the Dodgers, Victorino's impending free agency left him as a potential target for the Phillies this off-season. Last week Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox instead, agreeing to a three-year contract worth $39 million. That kind of contract was certainly not going to come close to anything the Phillies would have even considered offering Victorino, if it got to a point that he was going to be a serious candidate to fill the hole in center field. Of course, the Phillies brought on Ben Revere from Minnesota in a trade involving Vance Worley and minor league arm Trevor May. During a recent radio interview with WEEI in Boston Victorino admitted to being a little distracted by his potential future while in Philadelphia last season. The following choice quotes were provided by Sports Radio Interviews: We believe it’s better to learn how to fail in big markets like Philadelphia because it prepares you to play in Boston. Do you agree? “Absolutely, 100 percent of that. Am I going to miss Philly? One hundred percent. But again, I will always call that home. It will always have a special place in my heart. When you talk about the fans and all that kind of stuff that we were able to create, and at the end of the day it’s about going out there and having fun. It’s about going out there and being the team we can be. Here in Boston you have that great fan base. You have the people who are hard-working, that love the game, who are passionate about the game, who know the game and understand the game. All those things where, yes ,it’s an added incentive to come to a place like this. And I’ve been very fortunate to play eight seasons in Philly and have that opportunity to play in a market like that and, again, for me it’s going out there and just being myself and going there and having fun and giving 100 percent. At the end of the day, I can’t make everyone happy, but I go out there and play hard and play the game correctly. That’s all I can do.” It should not be a surprise to hear Victorino speak highly of Philadelphia. This was where his career really became something and where he became a part of the community. We all remember his ups and downs on the field but we can not look past Victorino's impact off the field, perhaps best exemplified by his work with his foundation and his efforts to re-open a Boys And Girls Club. Philadelphia will always hold a special place in Victorino's heart, and years from now he will be celebrated by Phillies fans for his role in being a part of the 2008 World Series championship. Trading Victorino, in my opinion, was still a good move for the Phillies because they needed to change the make-up of the team. Victorino's flaws had became a liability but it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if he had been signed to a contract extension and given some job security. As many suspected last summer, Victorino admitted that some of his struggles with the Phillies came from thinking about an uncertain future heading in to free agency. What played into your struggles last year? “[The talk of being traded because it was a contract year] definitely played into it. … You can’t control what happens off the field, and I think sometimes, as athletes, and the nature of the beast is you want to do this and you want that and you want the best for you, but at the end of the day all you want to do is go out there and play the game. Last year, I think early on I let a lot of that get to me. I wanted to stay in Philly and I wanted to get a contract done and this was before the season started at the end of spring training. Then obviously not getting something done and going into the season hoping that I would stay in Philly and all those kind of things. You can’t control what happens off the field. You can only control what happens on the field. Shifting my focus to that and trying to finish as strong as I could was my goal, and again, I’m a Red Sox. I put on that uniform for the first time today in that press conference and I’m excited.” Victorino was later asked about where he would like to bat in the Red Sox lineup and playing with former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. "He was a great teammate, he was great to be around." You can listen to the audio of the interview here. Follow Macho Row on Twitter and Facebook.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.