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Maui News interview with Shane Victorino

December 5, 2012 - Robert Collias
We were the first news outlet to interview Shane Victorino, the 1999 St. Anthony High School graduate, after he signed the largest contract in Hawaii sports history, a three-year, $39 million deal with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

I will link the story you can see in this morning's paper when it goes online, but below is my full interview with Shane. Cool stuff:

Maui News: How excited are you to get this deal done?

Shane Victorino: “It’s great, an opportunity for me to go to an organization and a team that has had success and have won World Series in recent years. To get an opportunity to go back and play baseball on the East Coast, somewhere close to where I played seven, eight seasons (with Philadelphia) and also to an organization that has that aura and that prestige about the organization. Not only that, but just the greatness about the organization, the way it's run, the people there. The last two years have been rough for them coming off so many successful years, but I think it is an opportunity for me to go out there, have fun, enjoy playing in front of a great fan base and, you know, I’m so excited for the opportunity.”

MN: Have you ever played in Fenway Park?

SV: "Actually I've played a few games in Fenway in interleague. I have always said in my interviews that my two favorite opposing parks that I loved the most and I always said Wrigley (Field) and Fenway. Getting an opportunity to go there and play right field, to go out there and be a home player, I’m excited and very proud and happy for the opportunity.”

MN: Right field, you feel comfortable there?

SV: "Absolutely. As I have always said defense is defense. I'm going to take pride if I'm right, left or center. I'm going to go out there and play the best defense I can play. One of the things we talked about was having two center fielders out there in myself and Jacoby (Ellsbury) to cover the ground and cover that area because right field is a big corner down there at Fenway. So, again, I'm excited to go out there and get to play on a big field of grass, try to cover as much ground as I can and enjoy."

MN: Were you surprised by the contract offer?

SV: "No. Not at all. I had expectations of doing more (last year) in regards to the opportunity. Going into last season I thought I . . . You know, again, I thought I would have a better year than I had this year. My expectations are always high. You have got to set your expectations high, you can't set them low. Again, did I reach those expectations that I set out for? No. Unfortunately, I didn't. I fell short of a lot of those things, but you know what? 2013, we are excited to push 2012 behind me and go out there and have fun. I think ultimately sometimes I let the game and things outside of the game get to me a little bit. Again, at the end of the day you can't control that. All you can control is going out there and having fun. So, I'm excited to go out there and play with a bunch of good guys."

MN: Was it hard to say no to Terry Francona and the Indians?

SV: "It was very tough, saying (no), again, to anybody in that situation where you get an offer that you get and tellng an organization 'no.' It was definitely tough, but at the end of the day the decision needs to be made. I talked to my family and got some of their input and Boston just stood out in our minds. I have watched the success there and I know the organization. I wish Francona and I actually sent Francona a text myself saying that, 'Hey, best of luck, good luck and I appreciate getting an opportunity to actually be a guy that you guys considered a priority." So, that was great."

MN: When are you going to be in Boston?

SV: "I have no idea. I don't know when I'm going down."

Stay tuned right here for more from Shane Victorino this week.


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