Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hawaii Five-0

"Terry Adams is a quality right-hander." "There is a reason Chris Coste is a 33 year old rookie, he sucks." "If Ryan Madson stays healthy, his move to the rotation will look like a stroke of genius." "No way David Bell is gay, he's as straight as an arrow." All of these misguided quotes have been uttered by me over the past few years. I admit when I'm wrong, as I was obviously far off on my analysis of the above. One more quote to add to that list, "Shane Victorino will never be a starting outfielder in Major League Baseball." Like I said, I admit when I'm wrong. Fellow blogger, Corey, has always liked the Flyin' Hawaiian, and constantly clamored for him to be called up and given a shot in '05. Victorino didn't do much to impress me in his brief time with the Phils in '05, but he did make a reluctant believer out of me last season.

Like fellow Hawaiian players before him (Ron Darling and Benny Agbayani), Shane has a flare and zest for the game. Just like this image that I found with the appropriate "Flyin' Hawaiian" on it, Victorino goes balls-out in his effort at bat, on the bases, and in the field, which makes him a fun player to watch. As fans and therefore critics, we find faults with almost all players, and Shane's is his plate discipline, but hey we can't all be Bobby Abreu. I do not expect Victorino to jack 20 homeruns or bat .300, but I do expect him to play an amazing right field (of Gold Glove merit) and produce respectable numbers at the plate (.280, 12 homeruns, 90 runs, and 65 rbi) from the 2 hole. One facet of his game that he vows to improve is his stealing of bases. The dude is fast as a fat kid gobbling down cookies, and is capable of swiping 30-40 bases with the proper technique (thank you Davy Lopes). In conclusion, Shane Victorino is an every day outfielder, and will be a pleasure to watch for a full season in Philly.

This pic is for you Corey, as I know you dig this lovely Hawaiian...hello Tia Carrere.

~Carson

19 comments:

GM-Carson said...

The Pirates are interest in the services of Jeff Weaver. You gotta be kidding me! They have been linked by rumors to every right-handed free agent pitcher this offseason including Oil Can Boyd and Bob Walk...jeez!

goDuke said...

I just saw that Bucco's are 'leading the charge for Armas" as well. I'm not much of a Pirates fan, but hey... its something... Go Phils!

Lake Fred said...

Nice post. My mind is in the gutter today, because after I read about Victorino, all I can remember is the quote about Bell's leanings and the Tia Carrere magazine cover. I don't read that magazine anymore. How did she look?

furiousBall said...

I'm just happy that Bob Walk's name has been mentioned twice in the past week's worth of comments.

GM-Carson said...

Furiousball- I think I need to work on a WSBGM's tribute to the one and only Bob Walk.

Lake Fred- simply put...Tia Carrere is a hottie!

Skeeter said...

Everyday it seems like victorino moves up on my list of favorite phillies. He is so fun to watch.

Plus his plate music is "buffalo soldier" by marley....what a pothead

GM-Carson said...

Vic does have that dazed and confused look about him sometimes. Good character to have on the squad.

One of my buddies dads though his name was Vic Torino, as in a first and last name...funny.

furiousBall said...

would have been funnier if he thought it was Victor Ino

chuckm said...

Vic has put on 15 lbs of muscle and looks like he is ready to rock. I'm in a good mood so I'll say that he could bring a .300 avg and if he can deliver .800 OPS and swipe bags, that and his D will make him not a major drop-off from Abreu.

chuckm said...

After I made my last post, I remembered that it appeared to me last season that Vic did really well when he was in the lineup steady but wasnt too hot pinch-hitting off the bench. Understandable, as I would figure some guys when they are batting infrequently, are not in a groove or may just press and try too hard when they do get an AB. Out of curiousity I checked Vics game log for 2006 and was pleased to find out that when he was in the lineup regularly, he put up very good #s. I'm not gonna bother crunching #s off the bench vs in the lineup, but it looks to me that if you subtracted his bench #s, it would reveal that he is very capable
of batting .300/.360/.800 when playing regularly.

Los said...

I like Victorino ... he may not have mad skills like some others on the team, but his heart more than makes up for what he lacks.

BloodStripes said...

Victorino brought alot of enthusiasm to the Phils in '06. He's always ready to go full bore. We need his speed.

BloodStripes said...

Hawaii Five-0.

What a top show. You have now reminded me of an all-time Aussie band....Radio Birdman. It is now blaring loudly while I type. They do a great tribute song to the show.
"Aloha Steve and Danno". Killer stuff DQ, killer. You could sing it now about Victorino.

Shane, I wanna say thankyou for all you've done for me. The nights are dark and empty, now your not on TV.

BloodStripes said...

Book him Danno......Murder 1.

BloodStripes said...

Well its Australia day over here and that means only one thing. A good old BLUDGE. Put a few steaks and bangers on the barbie. No not the doll, the barbeque and crack yourself an icy cold one or two. An icy cold Victoria Bitter.

To all you GM's out there. Cheers from Australia.

Go PHILLIES!

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das411 said...

Woah I get to follow up the Aussie and a spammer...hmm..."Just think of what Shane could do with some of Lenny Dykstra's SPECIAL VITAMINS..."

BloodStripes said...

Your a lucky person Das.

GM-Carson said...

ChuckM brought up a very interesting and true point, Victorino's #'s are much better when he starts compared to coming off the bench. I do not expect him to be an All-Star, but I do expect him to positively contribute enough that we won't be bitching about him.

Get drunk BloodStripes!

That Sink Sink Socks person stops by once a week with that annoying garbage...oh well.