He said the thought didn't cross his mind.
But today could have been the last game Shane Victorino played in Citizens Bank Park in a Phillies uniform. On the same day free agent-to-be Cole Hamels was locked up to a lucrative, $144 million contract, Victorino, who can file for free agency for the first time at season's end, quietly went about his business in the Phillies 7-6 win over the Brewers Wednesday.
While Hamels received a standing ovation while walking off the mound in South Philly for what some thought would be the final time Saturday, and he acknowledged the crowd with a wave, Victorino went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored. He didn't receive any kind of special acknowledgement from the home crowd.
But afterward, he was subject to the latest series of rumors that had both the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers interested in acquiring him prior to Tuesday's trade deadline.
"Guys I don’t have a clue," Victorino said of the latest barrage of rumors. "I’m just here to play baseball,
not here to sit and answer questions about rumors. If it happens, if it
happens. Every day, it’s, 'this is what you hear, this is what I hear… this
rumor is out there.' I don’t want to sit here and listen to [bleeping] rumors.
Pence is in the same position. Every day it’s this, that. I’m not focused on
that. I’m focused on winning. If it’s here, it’s here, If it’s somewhere else,
it’s somewhere else. That’s what I’m focused on. Focused on winning. Here."
Would be be disappointed if he's dealt?
"Of course, why wouldn’t I be?" Victorino said. "I
made myself the baseball player I am in this city. But, hey, whatever, I can’t
control what happens."
But unlike Hamels four days earlier, Victorino didn't even take time to think about how Wednesday could have been his last day in a Phillies uniform in South Philly.
"I didn’t pay attention to that," Victorino said. "Honestly, no. I didn’t pay