Shane Victorino and Vance Worley didn’t just share a clubhouse in Philadelphia. They shared an addiction.
Don’t worry, though. It’s a healthy addiction, all things considered, and it’s one that each big leaguer battles with today. Worley, who now pitches for the Twins after three seasons with the Phillies, and Victorino both have a strong passion for shoes.
“He’s a big shoe guy,” Victorino reportedly said of Worley. “He loves sneakers.”
Victorino might point to Worley when the topic of sneakers comes up, but as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press recently discovered, Victorino’s habits involve posting photos of his new additions and critiquing his former teammate’s collection.
“I’ll write, ‘Nice shoes. Must be nice,’” Victorino reportedly said. “We always have fun with it.”
Victorino always shows a great deal of effort on the diamond, and he always seems to be having fun, even when his instinctive hustle leads to him slamming into outfield walls. But who knew the Flyin’ Hawaiian was such a footwear aficionado?
“He’s having a hard time getting a hold of this one pair that just came out the other day,” Worley reportedly said. “He’s like, ‘I know you got a guy.’ I’m like, ‘I’m not saying I don’t have a guy. What’s the importance of this shoe versus another one?’ He’s like, ‘I got to have these, man. My addiction’s getting so bad.’”
Well, the first step is acceptance.