Patrolling the outfield in Fenway Park takes some getting used to. That's something that first-year Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino can attest to after a scary collision with the right-field wall sent him to the hospital Sunday.
As you'll see in the video above, Victorino — aka "The Flyin' Hawaiian" — goes full speed into the wall chasing a home-run ball in the Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game. The impact of his crash can be seen in how his body flings back toward the field, but his glove flies over the wall.
Victorino got up and even stayed in the game for two more innings. But the team wasn't taking any chances, eventually pulling him and sending him to the hospital. Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game:
“The way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on. And given what he’s been dealing with, lower back-wise, we weren’t going to take any chances further today.”
The good news? Victorino checked out OK. He's expected to play Tuesday and even his wife says he's in good shape.
twitter is 1st 2 report @shanevictorino status b4 i know his status. Well let me b the 1st to report he's fine! A fence isn't stoppin 18
— Melissa Victorino (@MsFlyinHawaiian) May 13, 2013
You don't earn a nickname like The Flyin' Hawaiian without being able to take a few bumps.