Jose Iglesias suggests no ill-will towards Shane Victorino

October 16, 2013 - 9:23 pm

DETROIT -- How to interpret the brief exchange between Jose Iglesias and Shane Victorino in the bottom of the eighth inning? Iglesias lined a single to right, on which Victorino -- playing shallow -- charged the ball and fired somewhat wildly towards first base, with the ball getting past first baseman Mike Napoli after Iglesias had crossed the bag. Iglesias seemed to wave his arm somewhat defiantly towards Victorino -- it was unclear at the time whether it was in jest or in contempt for Victorino's unusual (but not unprecedented -- Victorino had also tried to throw out Miguel Cabrera at first from right field during a June Red Sox-Tigers series) attempt to cut him down. After the fact, Iglesias said that he knew that Victorino might try to gun him down at first, and so he'd hustled through the bag to ensure that he would not be caught. "I keep my eyes to the players, where they'€™re at when I'€™m hitting, and I saw Shane playing shallow and I know he'€™s an unbelievable right fielder, and I hit the ball really hard and I knew right away he was going to throw to first," said Iglesias. "So I sprinted all the way down." Iglesias insisted that his gesture was not one of antipathy towards his former teammate. "No, it'€™s Shane, he'€™s an unbelievable teammate," said Iglesias. "He'€™s an amazing right fielder. He tried to make a play for the team. That'€™s awesome." That play came two innings after Iglesias slid hard into second baseman Dustin Pedroia in an unsuccessful attempt to break up a double play. Yet the Tigers shortstop -- whom the Sox dealt to Detroit as part of the three-way deal that landed Jake Peavy in Boston -- suggested that nothing but hard-nosed fun was taking place. "Playing against Boston is always fun," said Iglesias. "Unbelievable organization, unbelievable team, and it'€™s a great series so far."