October 13, 2022
Earlier this week, I gave some candidates for who should throw out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park for Game 3 of the NLDS, the first Phillies home playoff game in 11 years. I wrote that it needed to be a member of the 2008 World Series championship team and the franchise didn't disappoint there. Former centerfielder Shane Victorino will be doing the honors on Friday:
2008 World Champion Shane Victorino throws the first pitch for Game 3.— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) October 13, 2022
Great call. I thought the Phils might lean to the Big Four of Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels, but someone like the Flyin' Hawaiian is a fine choice.
In the 2008 NLDS, Victorino hit .357 with an OPS of 1.256. He also rocked C.C. Sabathia for one of the biggest home runs in Phillies history with this grand slam in Game 2:
No. 22... Shane Victorino's grand slam off of CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS!!! pic.twitter.com/rRm5FQhkqj— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) November 29, 2018
If they want to hype up the Phillies fans filling CBP, showing that grand salami on the big scoreboard would be a great call.
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