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A closer look at Shane Victorino that may surprise you

December 2, 2013 - Robert Collias
We had this comprehensive sit-down interview with Shane Victorino a little over a week ago, spiced with some cool input from Neil Everett and Mark Rolfing, at Victorino's celebrity golf tournament that raised funds for a local baseball clinic and improvements to local fields.

Most folks know about all the postseason heroics for the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox by the 1999 St. Anthony graduate and The Maui News MIL Athlete of the Year, but there is a lot more to Victorino.

Consider this from ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes>:

Shane Victorino has won two World Series, the first with the Philadelphia Phillies, then last month with the Boston Red Sox, but he has never been part of a better lineup than this one.

Leading off, President Obama, followed by Presidents Carter, George W. Bush and Clinton. Then, slotted between Robin Roberts and David Gregory, and just ahead of Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates and Taylor Swift, with Bill O’Reilly, Marco Rubio, Steven Spielberg, Uma Thurman, Conan O’Brien, Rachel Maddow and other luminaries in the wings, is the lone baseball player in their midst, Shane Victorino.

Click here for the rest of this very cool, very interesting link about Ken Burns' quest to get as many people in America to read the Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln a little over 150 years ago (yeah, the anniversary came up at a fairly busy time for me, but this is still cool).

Victorino, who has overcome ADHD and still takes medication for it, had this to say to us about the honor.

"Very special, any time you get that opportunity to be in a group like that, helping kids, helping others understand, the understanding of one, what the Gettysburg Address really means about our country, how it started," Victorino said. "That's the kind of stuff, when I was asked it was beyond an honor for me to be a part of that. Especially to be asked by a gentleman named Ken Burns, who is a pretty good movie director, is a pretty good influential person in that world. To have that opportunity, it's hard to turn down, it's hard to say 'no.'

"You do whatever you have to to be a part of that and not for the glorified part of having the exposure. I look at it as helping others, helping others, and again, that's whey we're here today."

 
 

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