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Flyin' Hawaiian Still Flying High

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawian Christmas Day ...

Flyin' Hawaiian Still Flying High

Shane Victorino raises his fist as he rounds first base after hitting a home run to tie Game 4 of the NLCS in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. The Phils won, 7-5.
Shane Victorino raises his fist as he rounds first base after hitting a home run to tie Game 4 of the NLCS in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. The Phils won, 7-5. CHRIS CARLSON / Associated Press

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawian Christmas Day ...

It must have been a pretty good Christmas for Shane Victorino, although I imagine it was a pretty good Christmas for everybody who played a role in helping the Phillies win the World Series. Fortunately for us, Jim Salisbury had a chance to visit with Victorino earlier this month during the winter meetings in Las Vegas. I'm guessing Salisbury pushed to meet Victorino at the In-N-Out Burger, although I could be mistaken.

"The parade was incredible," Victorino said. "I remember toward the end of Broad Street looking back and seeing the flood of people following us to the stadium. People were everywhere. I still don't know how the trucks got through. It seemed like there were two or three generations of people there. Old men were doing the sign of the cross, saying, 'Thank you, thank you.' People had tears in their eyes. I was like, 'Did we really do this for the city? Did we really create this feeling?' It's such a well-deserving place. I'm happy we could do it. And I'm happy I could be a part of the team that brought that amount of joy to that many people. It will stay with me forever."

Pitchers and catchers officially report to Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 14.

That's 50 days away.

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