Today, philly.com ran a story on Shane Victorino and his desire to play for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic this spring. With tough competition at center field, including Curtis Granderson and Grady Sizemore, it’s unlikely that Shane will be able to crack the final roster. Still, if Vic wants to play in the WBC that badly, there is an alternative to the US team.
Three years ago, before the inaugural WBC, Italian team manager Matt Galante called Victorino and asked whether he would be interested in playing for Italy.
“What?” an incredulous Victorino said.
“Would you like to play for the Italian team in the World Baseball Classic?” Galante asked.
“I hate to tell you this, but I’m not one bit Italian,” the outfielder replied.
“Vic-tor-eeeeno,” Galante said.
“It’s not Italian,” Victorino countered.
“But it ends with an O,” Galante said.
Now that Galante mentions it, something about Victorino’s “Hawaiian” heritage doesn’t quite add up. After all, the Flyin’ Hawaiian Italian Stallion does spend a lot of time in South Philly and lately has been seen leading a group of tuxed men. Even more compelling, word on the street is that Victorino is now sporting the hairdo above…
On a more serious note, Shane not playing in the World Baseball Classic is probably a good thing. With the way he plays, it’d be best for his first meaningful, competitive game to be on April 5th. If not for himself, then at least for the other players.
Hat tip to theFightins.com for pointing out Shane’s love and affection for the phrase “No questions asked.”