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UPDATE: It was no temper tantrum for Shane Victorino

Jul 8, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

UPDATE:  The earlier incarnation of this story referring to Shane Victorino getting mad at being placed seventh in the order and then being scratched by Charlie Manuel is, as they say, no longer operative.

That report came from Rob Parent, the sports editor of the Delco Times. After it came out, Charlie Manuel denied it, saying that Victorino was “down on himself” because of poor recent play and that Manuel scratched him for that reason.  No other Philly writer corroborated Parent’s tweet.  Parent has since backtracked on that tweet, calling it “dumb speculation” on his part.

OK, then.

3:25 PM: Shane Victorino was scratched from today’s lineup. But it was apparently not because of some nagging injury or something:

Then, the guy who replaced him in the lineup today, Jason Pridie, hit a two-run homer in his first at bat and doubled in a run with his second. Given how badly Victorino has struggled lately, and how loud the rumblings of his impending trade are becoming, it was probably a bad day for him to be a baby about where he hits in the lineup.

  1. chazzmon - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Serves him right, some of these guys are a bunch spoiled brats who never had to grow up.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Yep….say what you will about ‘bicepts but he called this along time ago. The guy needs to go. As I have mentioned numerous times before, he is nothing more than a platoon player at this point. RAJ needs to see if he can fleece a team out of a prospect or two.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      RAJ is just as likely to sign him to a long term deal worth double what anyone else would pay

  3. schmedley69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Shane’s head has been elsewhere all season. He’s not what you’d call a cerebral player, and he gives you some horrible at bats. Now that they have another knucklehead with a low baseball IQ in the lineup (Pence), it’s impossible to string together many rallies. Time for Shane to move on. He had some great moments over the years and was great in the 2008 playoffs, but to me he has been the poster child for the underachieving 2012 Phillies.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    It’s that I-talian temper he has…

    • phillyphan83 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      He’s Hawaiian genius

      • icewalker946 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        I can see how Victorino could be thought of as Italian.

        From Wikipedia;

        Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Chinese descent. His last name is Portuguese and was originally spelled with an ‘e’ at the end. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2011, he explained “My name is really Victorine, which is Portuguese. My great-, great-grandpa, when he was in the war, they spelled his name with an O at the end instead of an E, and it became Victorino.”

        So there you go. Born in Hawaii, has an Italian sounding last name but actually has a Portuguese family name.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        and You’re in last place genius, enjoy it cause its not gonna get better anytime soon

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        Thanks- I wouldn’t have known that considering he’s from Hawaii. What would I ever do without you taking life so literally?

    • twd1165 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      From Wiki – Victorino is of Portuguese, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Chinese descent. His last name is Portuguese and was originally spelled with an ‘e’ at the end. In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2011, he explained “My name is really Victorine, which is Portuguese. My great-, great-grandpa, when he was in the war, they spelled his name with an O at the end instead of an E, and it became Victorino.”

      Vic’s having a frustrating season because the hand injury that he had was tearing him up when he swung the bat and he fell into some bad habits with his mechanics. Regardless, he’ll be gone soon from Philly.

      • skids003 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        I was all wrong too. I thought he was just an American.

  5. illcomm - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    marraige base killed the victorinos game. he use to be hungry to play. now he is just fat n happy. no hunger exists any longer n it shows. he needs to shut up n play

  6. paperlions - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    People love to talk about character…well, the time you find out the most about a person’s character is when they are presented with a challenge; it is easy to act humble/generous when things are going well. Responses like this one and that from Posada last year just show you how huge the egos are in a MLB clubhouse. I don’t think that either of those guys are among the most egotistical players in the league…but when you’ve been a starter and all-star on a winning team…that fall is pretty tough on the ego.

  7. paul621 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Trade him for bullpen help, call up Brown after his rehab.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      That depends….this season is lost. Trading for bullpen help that they do not have control of beyond this year would be categorically foolish. Furthermore, who is going to trade a good, young bullpen arm to rent a platoon player for half a year?

      • phillyphan83 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        uhhh, a contender that needs one and has relievers to spare?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Yes, because contenders are apt to trade good, cheap, young bullpen arms. I mean, are you generally familiar with the goings on around the trade deadline….typically it is the contenders looking go acquire bullpen arms not give them up for platoon players.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      They should call up Brown though and give him games the rest of the season no matter what. Time to see if he can reach his potential on the big stage. For all the talk of his poor defense, I find it hard to believe he would be any worse in the OF than Pence has been this year.

  8. bigjimatch - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Remember when the Phillies were considered “gritty” ann blue collar.”
    now they are a bunch of prima donnas, led by theur GM.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      On what basis are you calling the team and RAJ prima donnas? Also, keep in mind that the source from which these story originated as since completely retracted his earlier statements.

  9. dkphilly1122 - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I love how people are saying Victorino’s attitude is horrible and he threw a tantrum. He’s done so much good for the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia. He opened a boys and girls club last year, but I’m sure no one will talk about that or the good he does. He’s definitely having a bad year like the Phillies as a team are, but that’s no reason to attack someone’s character, especially idiot reporters assumptions. Than they retract the statement after they find the truth out. They’re human beings just like all of us are first an foremost. No one’s perfect.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      What one does off the field has no bearing on their attitude on it.

  10. schuckme - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    relax, its not just shane, its the whole damn team.. theyre sucking badly becuz theyve been slammed wit injuries and of course it hasnt been fun playing much less watching a phils game this year but i dont write them off. . simply becuz of A.) theyre getting healthier we already got Howard and Chutley back, B.) next up Doc halladay will be back.. C.) the allstar break gives em time to lick their wounds and put the first half behind em and D.) NOBODY is running away with the NL east.. the phils are still dangerous and wont go out without a fight, even if they dont win the division the addition of a second wild card will only make them hungrier for this second half, this is where i believe the phillies will earn the nickname the Fightin Phils as they chip their way back into relevance..

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Listen man, I am a big of Phillies fanboy as anybody…..but the notion of “nobody running away with the NL East is bogus”. The Nationals have already run away from the Phillies. They are 15 games back. I repeat, they are 15 games back. Also, the are 10 games out of the wild card. Yes, I fully expect them to play better after the ASB, but the hole has been dug. The song has been sung.

  11. delawarephilliesfan - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Not saying you are wrong – but also not saying you are right. The Nats are a house of cards – they are the ’01 Phillies, and they have a huge downside. Cliff Lee improving, Halladay Utley and Howard back, there is a ton of upside potential. Will they win the division – probably not, but I would also say there has never been a team in this much of a hole with a better shot in the past 50 years.

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