Shane Victorino was a vital part of the 2013 World Series winning Red Sox. (WEEI.com photo)

John Farrell: Shane Victorino felt special bond with Boston, gave 'heart and soul' on field

Ryan Hannable
July 27, 2015 - 8:17 pm
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For Shane Victorino, the right fielder was traded to the first-place Angels on Monday from the last-place Red Sox in exchange for Triple-A infielder Josh Rutledge. Normally that would be looked at as all positives, but not for Victorino, who even with the struggles of the 2015 Red Sox was "disappointed" to be traded away. The gritty right fielder felt a special bond with the city of Boston, especially after winning the 2013 World Series in his first year in a Red Sox uniform where his "Three Little Birds" walkup song became so famous. "He was disappointed," manager John Farrell said. "He didn't want to leave in general and yet leaving -- the one thing about Vic whether in Philadelphia he became very attached to Philadelphia. In similar ways he felt very attached to Boston. He's a unique player in that sense in that he feels a bond in which the city he plays. He gives his heart and soul when he walks on the field. He takes a lot of pride in the uniform he wears for a particular city and that was the case here in a Red Sox uniform." Just like general manager Ben Cherington said earlier in the night, Farrell said he didn't think the 2013 World Series win would have happened without Victorino. "No and I think you'd say that probably about a number of players," Farrell said. "Shane was a vital cog in our offense, certainly a Gold Glove defender in right field. Arguably played right field as well as anyone who wore a uniform. He brought energy every day. A very instinctual player. He was a main reason we won that World Series." The right fielder had a slash line of .294/.351/.451 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in that 2013 season. In the playoffs he was most known for his World Series in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers. For Farrell and the Red Sox, moving on from a player like Victorino signifies the team has turned its attention towards the future as Rusney Castillo will now get regular at-bats in right field. "Unfortunately the trade signifies a player that helped us win a World Series two years ago and when you take one of those players off this roster, you're kind of building towards the future and that's disappointing," Farrell said. "We'll miss Vic. Vic went through a lot of physical challenges here and yet every time he was on the field he gave everything he had. I'll miss him personally, but he's got a chance to go to a contender."