Shane Victorino said he had no trouble convincing teammates including Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, John Mayberry, Jr., Brian Schneider, Ben Francisco and Michael Stutes to model in his Celebrity Fashion show Thursday at the Union League because the players always support each other.
The event raised money for the Shane Victorino Foundation which benefits underpriveleged youth in Philadelphia and his native Hawaii.
Rookie pitcher Vance Worley attended the event but declined an invitation to model, telling us he gets nervous speaking to a small crowd, let alone walking a runway. He hung out backstage with pitcher Michael Schwimer. Worley said he saw the Liberty Bell Thursday on an afternoon of sightseeing.
We asked Pence, whose "Good game. Let's go eat," quote after his Phillies debut has become a catchphrase, whether he's discovered any good restaurants yet. Pence said he had been to Honey's (4th & Brown) for lunch Thursday and Buddakan (325 Chestnut) Wednesday night.
Victorino told us he was happy that his father Mike was able to attend his charity event. Mike Victorino came in from Hawaii, where he is a councilman to visit Williamsport, PA where he and wife Jocelyn, who couldn't make the trip as she had to work, are being honored as Little League International's Parents of the Year. Shane played Little League baseball and says he's been watching as much of the Little League World Series as possible.
Jamie Moyer and wife Karen were among models at the event and got a huge hand from the crowd, as did models Bernard Hopkins and the Phillie Phanatic from a roomful of guests including Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr., team President Dave Montgomery and former governor Ed Rendell.