Seriously, is there a cooler nickname in all of baseball than ‘The Flyin Hawaiian?‘ Isn’t that like a ham & pineapple pizza? Shane Victorino is a speedy switch-hitting outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies who is also equipped with a rocket launcher for a right arm (he already has 8 outfield assists this season). He was also the biggest reason that the Phillies shed no tears when they shipped Bobby Abreu to New York last season.
Earlier today I had a vested interest in the Giants-Phillies game, mostly because my prized fantasy possession, Tim Lincecum, was on the mound for San Francisco. Well, Tiny Tim didn’t have his best stuff today and although he left the game in the seventh with the lead, Ryan Howard’s 3-run moonshot off Giant reliever Jack Taschner ruined his chances of getting the victory.
After the Phillies blew their one run lead in the top half of ninth, Victorino stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the inning and drove his first ever game winning home run over the left field fence and mayhem ensued on Shane’s very own bobblehead day.
Alright, I’ll admit it, if I didn’t have the ‘Flyin Hawaiian’ on my fantasy team, I probably wouldn’t even be posting this right now. But the fact is, this kid is ridiculously fun to watch on a baseball diamond. He steals bases, throws out baserunners and now he even hits dramatic walk-off home runs. I mean what more could you possible want from the talented young outfielder? A more edible nickname? Mahalo!
Shorty is creator and lead writer of Milk Was a Bad Choice…