Friday, January 4, 2013

Victorino says he wanted to return to Phillies

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Shane Victorino admitted Friday he wishes he were still playing in Philadelphia.

The outfielder was in town celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys and Girls Club - a building that he and his wife helped renovate with a $900,000 donation. 

Flanked by children, Victorino urged those in attendance to listen to their parents and to study for school.  When asked of where he plays now he couldn't help but grin. 

"I play for Boston, now," Victorino said. 

The 32-year-old was traded by the Phillies to the Dodgers at last year's trade deadline. In December he signed a three-year deal with the Red Sox for $39 million.

"I wanted to come back," he said, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer"We kept in touch and I informed them of 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 is the place I wanted to be. But unfortunately it didn't work out." 

Victorino struggled mightily last season, amassing career low figures in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging.

In total, he spent eight seasons in Philadelphia and played a vital role in the club clinching the 2008 World Series.

Patrick Gordon is managing editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or e-mail him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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