Corniest headline to date? Probably.
Like all Phillies phans, I am currently man-crushing on Aaron Rowand harder than the wall he ran into. But probably unlike most, when it was announced that he was going on the 15 day DL, I was excited. Why? Shane Victorino, of course.
From the start of this season, I have been on a personal crusade to convince others (err, Carson) that Victorino has the "right stuff" (insert pic of NKOTB here.) At every opportunity, I mention some of Victorino's positive attributes. His solid AAA numbers and International League MVP. His speed, good defense, adequate power, hustle, and most importantly, his double-earflap helmet (note: Victorino used the single flap last year, but after watching game film of Delino Deshields, saw the error in his way.) This switch hitter can't carry two separate helmets, he needs the room in the equipment bag for his giant protective cup.
Since Rowand went out, Big Vic is 6-6, cylcing it with a HR, a 3B, 2 2B, and 3 singles. Combine that with his baserunning against the Mets, and he's having a pretty good week. Especially for a guy who has been Rule V'd twice, as the Padres gave him back to the Dodgers in '03. Tough call San Diego, because this guy ain't no Benny Agbayani.....