It's been proven time and time again that you can't come home, but the Phillies may be wise to consider an offseason reunion with their golden era center fielder.
Shane Victorino, who has been hampered by wrist issues while pressing ahead of free agency, was the last player one would expect to lay an egg in a contract year, but that's precisely what the 31 year old has done. A big, fat, Hawaiian egg. Since the deadline deal to Los Angeles, he's blended right in with the Dodgers' offensive morass, hitting .188/.293/.234 this month while missing games due to his nagging wrist, which has cut down his potency against left-handed pitching.
It's a real shame since this is his one shot at the payday he deserves. Former teammate Jayson Werth, for example, brought a shorter resume to the table, but the timing worked out beautifully as he cashed in on a career year. Vic's career year arrived a season too early, in 2011, when he was the Phillies' best overall position player and the only one deserving of any real MVP consideration before fading toward the tail end if the campaign. And that's the part that will scare suitors the most: he's trending downward over a season and change.
Nevertheless, as I write this, I'm watching a DVR'd recording of Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS, when only a Roy Halladay no-hitter upstaged Victorino's flair for the dramatic: setting the table with a double, stolen base and hustling run scored on a Chase Utley sac fly on Jay Bruce's hose, before knocking Reds starter Edinson Volquez from the contest with a two-run single.
That was Vic in a nutshell, and as you watch the Phils' offense fall asleep in critical moments all season long, one wonders how one of the all-time clutch performers in team history draws any less reader enthusiasm than B.J. Upton, Cody Ross, Angel Pagan, Michael Bourn or the other free agent options.