Sometimes in Baseball with today’s insane salaries and elite status you get the feeling some players just don’t get it. They believe they are special and deserving of special treatment and other accolades just because they can hit and throw a ball better than the average person. Then, other times you come across a player that has worked extremely hard to overcome many obstacles, both public and private, to reach his pinnacle of success. In that second instance, we as fans tend to gravitate towards that person and accept him as our own, which I believe is just human nature. We appreciate the struggles and the perseverance that player has shown and to some degree adopt that persons determination as a part of our own struggles.
This brings us to our book today on the Blog.
Shane Victorino-The Flyin Hawaiian
By Alan Maimon (Triumph Books Ver1-2011, Ver2-2014)
I lived through Shane Victorino’s entire tenure in Philadelphia, as I lived there during that period and as I said, I’m a die hard Phillies fan. This book is a very accurate account of what the fans felt for Victorino and he for them as well. There are two editions of this book out there right now. Edition 1- Chronicles Victorino’s life and career through the end of the 2010 season. That one has the Phillies cover. Edition 2 – includes all the information as in Edition 1 but also includes 2011 through 2013 and the Boston portion of his career.
Alan Maimon does a great job of portraying the human side of the player. Sometime in a book like this, that gets lost and you start getting regurgitation of stats and field achievements. You get the childhood background which explains his struggles with ADHD and coming to grips with that. It also talks about how he overcame that obstacle and how it benefitted his career. He covers the struggles in the minor leagues, failures with other MLB teams and almost giving up before finally getting a real chance with a team. While not harboring on the negative, it does show the character of the man who eventually becomes the champion he is in more than one city.
Shane Victorino has been more than just a player in the cities he has played. You also see the side of him where he gives back to the cities he has played in with his foundation. That is a very important aspect for the disadvantaged in the area and again shows the human side of the player. To me, that shows that he understands how lucky he realizes he is to be gifted and takes the time to spread his wealth….and not necessarily in a monetary way. So in the end as said above Shane Victorino gets it!
If you are a Phillies fan, Red Sox fan or just a fan of the human spirit,this would be a good read for you. In the end of this book you find more than just the worth of the player…..you find the worth of the man.
Give the friendly folks at Triumph Books a call if this is a book that might interest you