WORLD SERIES: Boston's Victorino makes most of his opportunities
BOSTON — Thumping his chest as he rounded the bases.
Pointing skyward when he arrived safely at third.
Tossing his glove in the air as he ran toward his celebrating teammates.
“Well, Shane Victorino has got a little bit of flair for the dramatic,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after his rightfielder twice came through with the bases loaded to help Boston clinch its third World Series title in 10 years.
“The hits that he did record in the postseason couldn’t have been bigger,” Farrell said, “and couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.”
Hitless in his first 10 World Series at-bats before missing two games with a bad back, Victorino hit a three-run double to break a scoreless tie in Game 6 and added an RBI single an inning later. Victorino, who also reached the playoffs with Philadelphia each year from 2007-11, is now 6-for-8 with a major-league record 20 RBIs with the bases loaded in his postseason career.
“My parents always told (me), ‘Take every moment. Live every moment. Love every moment. I just went up there and said, ‘Hey, I’m getting another moment,’” Victorino said.
Victorino hit .429 against Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs, but he was 2 for 24 in the AL championship series before hitting a grand slam to deliver the pennant to Boston. He fell into a slump in the Series, then sat out two games because of tightness in his back. But he broke out of it.
“It was a huge moment,” said Farrell, who dropped Victorino to sixth in the lineup and joked that it worked just as he planned. “Yeah, we scripted it. We knew he’d come up with the bases loaded twice.”
Batting behind Ortiz, Napoli and Gomes, Victorino came up with the bases loaded and the score tied 0-0 in the third inning, He banged one off the Green Monster to clear the bases, thumping his chest when he got to third.
“He got some big hits for us,” Napoli said, “and we wouldn’t be here without him.”