Victorino won't play, but excited for return to Philly

Victorino won't play, but excited for return to Philly

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino provided some of the more memorable moments in Phillies history in the 2008 postseason.

He hit a grand slam against Brewers left-hander CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park. He hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series at Dodger Stadium. And who can forget the image of Victorino leaping onto the celebratory pile after they won the World Series?

The Phillies host the Red Sox in a two-game set beginning Wednesday. Victorino, who signed a three-year contract with the Red Sox after the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers last July, will be in attendance, despite the fact he is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

"I definitely want to go," Victorino said. "I want to go because I want to see the fans. I want to acknowledge them, show I appreciated playing in Philly for all of those years. And not only on the field, but off the field in allowing me to have my Boys and Girls Club, support my foundation. That's stuff that's special to me.

"Going back and seeing everybody is special, too. To tip my cap and show the fans I appreciated them just as much as they appreciated me. I enjoyed playing in front of 45,000 every night, that showed up every night, wind, rain, whatever. That's what's special to me."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.