Shane Victorino is asserting himself alongside catalysts like Pete Rose and Lenny Dykstra in Philadelphia baseball lore.
The Flyin’ Hawaiian is everywhere. Consider his October checklist. He fell the giant C.C. Sabathia, who was supposedly invincible, with a grand slam in Game 2 of the division series. He delivered four RBIs and a clutch catch in Game 2 of the NLCS. Then yesterday, the new dude golfed one into the right-field bullpen. He's produced so many snapshot moments that some of the other big plays get overlooked, like his bases-loaded walk in Game 1 of the division series that helped shake out the nerves. Vic was even at the center of the only two losses, including Sunday’s fracas and a ninth-inning interference call that took a run off the board in Game 3 against Milwaukee. Remember that?
Victorino isn’t just contributing to the post-season. He is the post-season. And for that, baseball has fined the dynamic outfielder $2,500 for Sunday’s dustup, a series of events that peppered Major League Baseball’s own Web site through much of the day and likely resulted in some of the site’s highest traffic in history. (Hero screen capture courtesy of MLB.com)