Justin Masterson

Red Sox teammates will miss Shane Victorino: 'It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly'

Ryan Hannable
July 27, 2015 - 8:48 pm
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Shane Victorino had a vital presence in the Red Sox clubhouse all for three seasons he spent with Boston, even during the last two he saw minimal playing time in due to nagging injuries -- that was the well-respected type of leader he was. Although his Red Sox teammates know being traded is part of the business, it's still hard seeing a player they like so much leave. "He was a great guy," pitcher Justin Masterson said. "Gave us some great stuff. Brought a lot of energy, from Hawaii. It was just fun to have him around. It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly. But in one sense for him, we're kind of struggling here and he's going to a place that is in first place." "Shane is a guy I played against for a long time with the Phillies, with the Red Sox. A valuable clubhouse guy," catcher Ryan Hanigan added. "One of the best right fielders in the game. A good friend of mine and it's tough. It's part of this business obviously, but he's going to missed I'm sure by the city of Boston. Anaheim is getting a good guy, for sure." Even though the right fielder was hitting .245 playing in 33 of 100 games due to injury this season, he was still a player most in the clubhouse looked up to. Victorino will now play for his fourth career team. He spent his rookie season with the Padres, the next eight with the Phillies, before 53 games with the Dodgers in 2012 after being traded, followed by his last three years in Boston. Masterson has been traded at the deadline a few times, so he knows what it's like. The pitcher said it can be tough at first, but as a player you love being traded to a contender. "It feels great," Masterson said of being traded to a first-place team. "Once everything is set and done, you get to your spot, it feels great. But, it's also hard because you have a lot of good things going on. He'd been here for a few years, have some nice things, [you're] comfortable. Things that no matter where you go it's hard to build those back up. That will be tough and hard on him. I love him so I wish him the best."

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