The Flyin’ Hawaiian Speaks
Shane Victorino spoke to reporters for the first time since the Phillies lost Game 5 of the NLDS on Friday.
Does Friday feel like a long time ago to fans? Or is the loss still fresh?
Anyway, here are a few highlights from his news conference.
On his frustration: If you’re disappointed and you’re frustrated, I’m 10 times more disappointed that we were ousted in the first round. This was a special team. I think we had one goal, and that was to get to the World Series. I think a lot of people took that into consideration that if we didn’t get to the World Series, this season would be a bust. As a player, that’s what I want. I want fans that want the best out of their players. … This is probably the hardest one to swallow. Winning in 2008, yeah, I made the last out in 2009, but I was able to go home that night and say we came that far, but we fell a little short. We just ran into a team in San Fran last year that was playing that much better. This year I think it was tough to swallow.
On taking a step back every year in the playoffs since winning the 2008 World Series: “It’s not a trend. It’s an occurrence. I will promise you in 2012 it will be different. We’re that much hungrier. I’m hungrier.”
On offense’s shortcomings: “For a guy like myself who did make a statement like that in spring training, to say not to forget about this offense, and for it not to show up in the postseason … we could sit here all day long and reflect on what we didn’t do. Look at our team. It was definitely built around our pitching, and to not show up in the postseason, I think that’s very tough.”
On how team can improve offensive approach: “I’d like to say we all just need to figure it out. I keep saying that. Individually we need to maybe look in the mirror this offseason and see what we need to do differently, what we can do differently and go out there in spring training and work at it and come back in 2012 and be the offense that we’re capable of being. People are going to say as these guys are getting older, they’re not as good. I don’t see why you can’t get better. We’re a good offensive team. I think that we can be a great offensive team. Some of the pieces might be a little different next year. But I don’t see a reason why we can’t be the team we were in ’08 and ’09. But we’ve got to work at it.”
On the offseason: “Going into this offseason, this might be the most hungry I’ve ever been. I have that bitter taste in my mouth. This year, I 100 percent have that bitter taste in my mouth. I want to come back that much better, that much more excited to play. This was by far the toughest one to swallow. Three days later I’m still bitter we didn’t reach the ultimate goal.”