For a guy with a bad back, Shane Victorino sure swings a bad bat. He also speaks softly.
The Red Sox right fielder, his World Series joy ride disrupted due to those everyman lumbar fits, his wonky back sending him to the sidelines earlier in the series, returned to the lineup Wednesday night and provided the key hit that essentially closed out the World Series and turned Fenway’s emerald turf into a verdant title garden for the first time since 1918.
And in the midst of his teammates’ raucous celebration, both on the field and later in the clubhouse, Victorino celebrated on the fringes, cutting a serpentine path around his teammates and the media nearly a full hour while sharing the momentous occasion with family members and repeatedly turning down interview requests. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.