If you didn’t catch the story, Shane Victorino did not like what Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti said about him earlier this week, and so on Thursday morning, the veteran outfielder went on a passionate defense of his own character.
It was difficult to determine what was making Shane Victorino more upset — the fact that Felger & Mazz interpreted his quote a certain way, or whether they did so without speaking to him face-to-face.
Considering that Victorino is in Fort Myers while Felger & Mazz are in Boston, a face-to-face meeting would be difficult to set up. So Victorino did the next best thing on Thursday morning by grabbing a reporter’s cell phone and having a “conversation” with Tony Massarotti.
Mazz explained that he called Dan Shaughnessy on Thursday morning and got no answer. So Mazz called Sean McAdam, but instead of Sean’s voice on the other line, it was Shane Victorino.
“Sean McAdam, the rat, he sold me out. He totally sold me out, which I will address with him at the next BBWAA meeting. I can assure you of that. I’ll take care of his robust ass the next time I see him,” Mazz said.
Of the actual conversation, Mazz said, “I did a lot of listening, because I didn’t really get to talk much. There was a lot of talking there coming from Shane Victorino. It was like having a discussion with my wife when she’s angry. It was that sort of discussion, if you want to know the truth. To his credit, there was no name-calling, he didn’t swear at me.”
Victorino stressed to Mazz that he was not throwing any of his teammates under the bus and “would never do that in a million years.” Victorino also said that he’s not trying to get rid of any Red Sox and that he likes Mookie Betts.
Felger asked: “Who else could he be referring to? You’re not going to get Cole Hamels for Harry Schmedlap in low-A ball.”
Felger added: “He’s backtracking today. That’s what I think. That’s my opinion. But it’s only an opinion.”
Mazz said, “I don’t know that he’s backtracking. I think he realizes he said too much. That’s what I think.”
All that being said, Felger said that it’s more than fair for Victorino to defend himself in this situation.
“I have zero problem, none whatsoever. Even the clown part. Go ahead — we called you names, you can call us a name. Totally fair,” Felger said. “And I don’t even need to respond to it. I had my say, you had yours. We don’t need to go back and forth. So that part of it, fine. But you don’t have to come down here and face me, Shane. You don’t have to get my side of the story. You don’t need to face me. Why don’t you come down here and face me, Shane?!! No. Say it wherever you are. It’s fine. Say it on Twitter. Say it on Facebook. Say it on TV. Say it somewhere else. Say it wherever you want. I had mine, you had yours, that’s the whole idea of us. We say something, it’s for public consumption, hopefully you are listening and reacting. That’s what I want everyone to do. And I think generally this show does a pretty good job of it, and so Shane did that. He digested, he reacted, great. Fair enough. No problem.”
Felger and Mazz also agreed on one thing: They’d both trade Mookie Betts for Cole Hamels.
Listen to the opening segments below: