Shane Victorino: Every little thing gonna be all right
The Guru Contributing Writer
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been battling back issues and a left hamstring injury, but as his Bob Marley walk up song says, "don't worry about a thing."
Tuesday night, Victorino hit his 100th career home run in the third inning, added home run 101 in the fifth and had a career-high seven RBI as the Red Sox clobbered the Orioles 13-2 at Fenway Park.
Victorino reached base all five times he came to the plate and finished the night 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs, a double, four runs scored, a walk and hit by pitch.
Victorino is the first Red Sox player with four runs and seven RBI in a game since Dwight Evans in 1988.
Normally a switch-hitter, Victorino has been batting exclusively from the right side since using his body as a battering ram once again in the outfield earlier this month. When asked to describe how much the leg injury is affecting him, Victorino said,
"That's for me to know, and you not to know. I just try to go out there every night and I'm going to play the way I feel. Go out there and give it all I can, leave it all on the field."
The Red Sox took some criticism in the off-season for handing over a 3-year, $39 million contract to a 32-year-old outfielder coming off an 11 home run, .255 season. This year, Victorino is hitting .292 with 11 homers, 48 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. According to Boston.com, Victorino admits it feels good to prove the doubters wrong,
"It's very satisfying. But for me, I don't look at that. I don't pay attention to those types of people. There are always going to be doubters no matter what. You can't please everybody. But if I can come inside, look myself in the mirror and say I gave 100 percent, that's the only person I need to answer to."
The Hawaiian is flyin' and while enjoying the night was able to keep things in perspective as the Red Sox push towards the playoffs,
"Tonight I was the hero, had a good game, but tomorrow night who knows," Victorino said. "Knock on wood I have another good game, but tomorrow can be a whole different day."