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Shane Victorino: “I got to have these, man. My addiction’s getting so bad.”

May 17, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Vance Worley AP

Sad. Shane has so many friends and teammates looking out for him, yet he is still spiraling into addiction. And he doesn’t seem to care about it. And because he makes good money, the fact that each hit costs hundreds of dollars doesn’t work as a deterrent for him like it would most people.

No, it’s not drugs. Who said anything about drugs? It’s high-end basketball shoes, as Mike Bernadino of the Pioneer Press reports. He talks to Victorino and Vance Worley, who are friends and fellow shoe addicts, about their addiction:

“He’s having a hard time getting a hold of this one pair that just came out the other day,” Worley said. “He’s like, ‘I know you got a guy.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not saying I don’t have a guy. What’s the importance of this shoe versus another one?’ He’s like, ‘I got to have these, man. My addiction’s getting so bad.’ “

I don’t know why people who don’t play a lot of basketball get into high-end basketball shoes, but if Worley and Victorino have to be addicted to something, I can think of way worse things.

*UPDATE: when I first posted this I had the quotes wrong, mistakenly reading it as Victorino quoting Worley, not the other way around. Fixed now. No matter, though, because they’re both sick twists with this stuff.

  1. deathmonkey41 - May 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Being addicted to porn is a lot more fun.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      It might be more fun to be cross-addicted to shoes and porn.

      • billyboots - May 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM


    • fanofevilempire - May 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      No sneaker heads here, should have posted on PBT.
      I tell you $300.00 every time a retro release comes out.
      I ‘m getting AJ Black Toe anyday.
      You killing me Mike!

  2. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Isn’t “I got to have these, man. My addiction’s getting so bad” what Victorino said to Worley?

  3. lordtecmo - May 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    How about becoming addicted to learning how to throw a slider? Or a decent cutter? Anything other than the two pitches you already throw? It might help your ERA get below 7.00.

    Just saying…

  4. southpaw2k - May 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Before I read the actual quote and details from the article, I expected Victorino’s addiction to be something like gummi Lifesavers (which for the record, are insanely addictive).

  5. recoveringcubsfan - May 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I figured he was paying people to dress as Cubs fans and dump beer on him from a little replica of the Wrigley outfield that he has in his backyard. Oh well. Everyone else was thinking that too, right?

  6. makeham98 - May 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Victorino’s spam habit is potentially more dangerous.

  7. siouxyaya17 - May 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Maybe Worley should get a to teach him how to pitch

  8. scotttheskeptic - May 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    As for Victorino, will any shoes ever teach him to throw to the correct base?

  9. gloccamorra - May 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Other famous shoe “collectors” were Imelda Marcos and Rudy Vallee. Is he related to either of those people?

  10. mazblast - May 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    It’s nice to see that these guys are doing so well at baseball that they can focus on–shoes.

    I guess I’m old-fashioned, but if I were either of these guys, my focus would be on my job that pays millions.

  11. polonelmeagrejr - May 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Please shut up and go away or go away and shut up. THe choice is yours.

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