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Shane Victorino was the last guy out as his teammates dressed and boarded the bus for the airport following a dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night.
The box score will not show that he was the hero. That status belonged to Will Middlebrooks.
But the intangibles keep growing for Shane Victorino.
The baseball world was surprised when the Red Sox handed him a three-year, $39 million contract in December. He was coming off his worst professional season, splitting time with the Phillies — the team he helped win a championship in 2008 — and the Dodgers.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said it best after the Red Sox signed Victorino.
“That guy is a winning ballplayer,” Colletti said. “He plays hard. His enthusiasm is contagious. He will be nothing but a positive force.”