Victorino honored with special day in Hawaii

Victorino honored with special day in Hawaii

Victorino honored with special day in Hawaii
Shane Victorino has always had the nickname, and now he has a holiday to go with it. Victorino, the aptly-named "Flyin' Hawaiian" on Philadelphia's roster, learned Monday that Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has recognized his achievements by enacting Shane Victorino Day.

Victorino, born and raised in Wailuku, Hawaii, has long been one of the Aloha State's most prominent citizens. The switch-hitting outfielder was originally selected by the Dodgers as a sixth-round pick in 1999 First-Year Player Draft, but he wound up with the Phillies after being taken in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft.

Philadelphia has presided over his breakout, and Victorino, a career .279 hitter, has won three Gold Glove Awards in the last four years. Victorino, who will turn 31 on Nov. 30, has been an All-Star twice in three seasons and was a key member of Philadelphia's World Series championship team in 2008.

Victorino was recognized as the winner of the 2011 Branch Rickey Award, which is annually given to a player for exceptional work in community service. Victorino, who runs an eponymous charitable organization, has raised more than $500,000 toward the Boys and Girls Clubs in Hawaii.

For all of those reasons and more, Monday was Shane Victorino Day in Hawaii, and the namesake of the holiday took to Twitter to air his enthusiastic response.

"Just founded out that Hawaii Governor Abercrombie declaring today as Shane Victorino Day in Hawaii!" he said. "Whoa...honored!"

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.