Shane Victorino Reminds Us That Pro Athletes Are Actually Human

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Being traded must feel like a break-up, each one can be different and for specific reasons, some good and some terrible, but no matter what it will be tough and emotional, proved yesterday by Shane Victorino.

The Flyin Hawaiian”, who broke down into tears during his exit press conference after being traded to the Anaheim Angels yesterday,  has only been in Boston for 2 1/2 seasons, but from day-1 you could tell he was a “Boston Guy”.  He is exactly the kind of player that a team like the Red Sox needed, he embraced the city of Boston and the Red Sox fans, he rose to the call and was a BIG part of the 2013 season when the Sox won the World Series.

Shane is the best type of teammate for any locker room, he’s passionate, honest, never takes a day off and he obviously LOVES the game and his teammates.  He’ll be missed in Boston I’m sure.

Victorino just came off the DL and will probably step into the lineup for Anaheim feeling resurged and fresh.  Not to mention they’re also in first place in the AL West and contending for a championship.  Best of luck in SoCal Shane, I’m sure they’ll love you there.

Bye Bye Tulo

Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki tosses his helmet after striking out against Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

The Colorado Rockies are in Charlie’s Angels II, full-throttle rebuild mode now (as if they weren’t already) after they traded away their best player, Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.

The Blue Jays sent young, Ricky Vaughn-throwing right-handers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco (all big pitching prospects) and the aging and devalued but overpaid, Jose Reyes to Colorado.  In addition to getting Tulo, the Blue Birds will also acquire reliever and journey-man Latroy Hawkins in the deal.

  • Tulo is owed roughly $20 million a year until 2019 (wow), he’s also owed $14 million in 2020 and has a club option for $15 million in 2021. Because he has been traded, Tulowitzki will ALSO receive a $2 million bonus, and he may be traded only once during the life of his contract, activating a blanket no-trade clause.

So enjoy the great white north Tulo, I hear Toronto has great strip clubs and tons of heavy, warm blankets….you’re gonna need both up there.

The Rockies pick up a ton of fastball hurling young pitchers, which is really the only kind of pitcher that works in the Mile High City (weed).  I would assume they’re going to re-deal Jose Reyes due to his salary and lack of production.

The real question for the Rockies is, who’s next on the trading block?  Cargo-a-go-go….to another team?

Bye bye Tulo, it was fun while it lasted: