The battle of Shane Victorino

Outfielder's full effort in baseball and life wasn't always such a good thing

Updated: July 19, 2013, 7:55 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

If only they knew how far he's come.

Now that he's a major league ballplayer, a World Series hero, a three-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time All-Star, the narrative of Shane Victorino's life has morphed into something like this: fleet-footed outfielder, battle-tested veteran, welcome addition to the clubhouse.

He's already a Red Sox fan favorite, a whirling dervish of hustle and emotion who hurtles into walls, fences, front-row seats -- anything that stands in the way of catching ...

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