Shane Victorino:
The Flyin’ Hawaiian

By Alan Maimon

The unlikely journey of the Red Sox star, updated for 2014

Long before Shane Victorino gained fame as a Gold Glove centerfielder, All-Star, and World Series champion, he was a precocious child on the island of Maui, frustrating teachers with his inability to sit still and tagging along with his older brother to neighborhood ball fields. Diagnosed at an early age with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, sports became an ideal outlet for Victorino’s boundless energy, though at times his on-the-field outbursts threatened to overshadow his play.

In the updated version of Shane Victorino: The Flyin’ Hawaiian (Triumph Books), author Alan Maimon provides more than a fascinating account of an unlikely American success story; it is a detailed and insightful look into one of baseball’s most electrifying talents and the determination, spirit, and support system that helped him reach the pinnacle of his sport.

When Victorino’s career prospects looked bleak after stalling in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, the Phillies offered what was likely his last realistic shot at making it in the big leagues. Embracing the Rocky Balboa spirit of the town in which he played, the undersized underdog from Hawaii made the most of the opportunity as the first Maui native ever to appear in and win a World Series.

His journey eventually brought him to the Boston Red Sox, where he looked to bounce back from a disappointing season and reaffirm his star power on the field. Accordingly, with hope, optimism, and a 97-win season – Victorino served as a catalyst on the Red Sox and played an instrumental role in the securing of another World Series title for his new found home.

In Shane Victorino: The Flyin’ Hawaiian, readers will find the compelling story of a young man whose persistence and determination helped him overcome obstacles and emerge victorious, repeatedly, at the highest level of his profession.

About the Author:
Alan Maimon is an award-winning journalist who has worked with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the New York Times. He is the coauthor of Andre Dawson’s If You Love this Game . . . An MVP’s Life in Baseball and Dallas Green’s The Mouth That Roared. He lives in New Jersey.

The Unveiling of Arthur's Way



On Saturday, September 21, The D’Angelo family looks on as the Red Sox unveil Arthur’s Way outside Fenway Park.


On Saturday, September 21, Arthur D’Angelo stands at the podium, with Boston’s Mayor Menino on his left, Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino and one of his four sons, David on his right.


On Saturday, September 21, the Red Sox honored Arthur D’Angelo by letting him throw out the first pitch of the game on Saturday. He was greeted by All-Star Second-Baseman, Dustin Pedroia.




Lawsuit Forces Review of Fishery Impacts on Endangered Atlantic Whales and New Rules to Protect the Species from Entanglements

BOSTON – The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to formally review the impact of commercial fishing operations on endangered whales and to issue new rules to protect the species from entanglement in fishing gear, as a result of a settlement in litigation filed by The Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Each year, critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and endangered humpback whales, fin whales and sei whales suffer death or serious injury from entanglement in fishing gear. The agency’s promised review, referred to as a “Biological Opinion” under the Endangered Species Act, will evaluate the impacts of the American lobster fishery on the survival and recovery of the species and determine whether additional risk-reduction measures will be required.

Sharon Young, marine issues field director for The HSUS said: “Death and serious injuries from entanglement in fishing gear is considered one of the greatest threats to the recovery of endangered Atlantic whales. This agreement is an important step forward in the ongoing battle to save these species that are teetering at the very brink of extinction.”

The groups filed a complaint earlier this year in the federal District Court of Massachusetts, alleging that the agency’s management of the American lobster fishery violated the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act by allowing unlawful entanglements of endangered whales, and because the agency had failed to properly consider the threats the fishery poses to the species.

Jane Davenport, senior staff attorney for Defenders of Wildlife said: “There are less than 450 North Atlantic right whales left in the wild, and each year more whales die from entanglement. Once these threats are properly evaluated, steps can be taken to resolve them so that the North Atlantic right whale has a chance to recover.”

In addition to requiring a new ‘Biological Opinion,’ the agreement also requires the agency to issue final rules to prevent future entanglements in vertical lines – lines running from buoys at the top of water all the way down to lobster pots and other gear at the ocean floor – by next year. The agency first admitted these new rules were needed in 2003, and many whales have been killed or seriously injured by commercial fishing gear during the last decade that the new rules have been languishing.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, North America said: “We are pleased that the agency has finally agreed to issue new protective measures for endangered whales in the Atlantic. Rather than wasting time and resources in litigation, the parties can now work together to prevent the extinction of these magnificent and highly endangered whales.”

• The right whale, humpback whale, fin whale, and sei whale are all endangered whales whose habitat spans the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Florida north to Canada.

• Any line rising into the water column has the potential to entangle a whale. Whales can become entangled when they encounter and swim into a line, or move along that line until they come up against something like a buoy that can be caught in their mouth, fin, around the tail stock or some other body part.

• Entanglement can result in immediate death from drowning, or the animals can die over an extended time period as they become incapacitated by injuries or infections caused by the entanglement. Prolonged entanglement can also make the animals less able to fight infection or disease, and may make them more prone to ship strikes.

• The North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered. The population was decimated by commercial whaling in the last century, and despite being protected since 1970, has not recovered. Scientists estimate that if current trends continue, the species could go extinct in less than 200 years.

• Entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with ships are the two primary threats to right whales.

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Muscle Milk® Signs Professional Lacrosse
All-Star Kevin Buchanan

Benicia, Calif./Boston. – CytoSport™, one of the largest sports nutrition companies in the U.S. and parent company to Muscle Milk®, announced today that it has signed a partnership with two-time professional lacrosse All-Star and midfielder/attackman Kevin Buchanan. Buchanan is the first lacrosse athlete to represent the Muscle Milk brand.

"I’m really excited to join the Muscle Milk team," said Buchanan. "The company makes great nutrition products that I use during all stages of my workouts, and I look forward to working with them to help me achieve my training goals on and off the field."

Buchanan enters his sixth season in the professional lacrosse ranks. Last season, he tallied career highs in goals (31), total points (42) and ground balls (15) and was named an All-Star. In 2011, he helped lead his Boston-based team to the league championship.

“We’re happy to support Kevin’s training and look forward to utilizing this partnership to build brand awareness in the Boston area and throughout the lacrosse community,” said CytoSport Director of Sports Marketing Shane McCassy.

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East Boston, MA - Suffolk Downs is one of four historic sports venues featured in Boston Public Library’s current “Boston Sports Temples” exhibition, which showcases these beloved venues and their unique roles in the daily lives and hearts of generations of New Englanders.

Suffolk Downs is joined by Fenway Park, the original Boston Garden and Braves Field in the exhibition, which is part of Boston Public Library’s “Building Boston” initiative, a citywide celebration of Boston’s public spaces.

Featuring Boston Public Library’s outstanding collection of historic sports photography, the exhibition follows the creation and evolution of these four great public venues; their varied and changing roles, functions, and communities of users; and their powerful connections with millions of devoted fans who have filled their seats night after night, season after season. The exhibition is sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.

“Boston Public Library holds an enormous collection of historic Boston sports photographs and after looking through what we have, Suffolk Downs came to the forefront as a major area of subject matter for our sports collection,” said Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions and Programming at Boston Public Library. “Suffolk Downs and Fenway Park are interesting in this particular exhibition because they are the only two major venues that still stand. If you’re looking at the continuity of tradition, those are the two spaces where people can go and sit in the same places that they might have sat 50 years ago.”

“Suffolk Downs is honored to be included in this exhibition, which really brings to life our rich history and the place that we hold within the Boston sports community,” said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. “This is a wonderful exhibit and, as we look toward the future, it reminds us of the need to preserve some of these elements that give the greater Boston area its unique character and sense of place.”

In addition to the many photographs on display, the exhibition includes an original track program from June 29, 1936. Among the horses listed in this program is Seabiscuit, who won the fourth race that day and caught the eye of trainer Tom Smith, who would go on to lead Seabiscuit to national prominence.

The “Boston Sports Temples” exhibition will be on display at the BPL’s Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square, through May 31. On Tuesday, May 21, Tuttle and Suffolk Downs Vice President of Marketing and Communications Christian Teja will be speaking in the BPL’s Author Talk series. Teja is the author of “Suffolk Downs,” a pictorial history of the 78-year-old racetrack featuring many of the images included in the Sports Temples collection.

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Cruising Guide Seeks Superstorm Sandy Region Marina Updates
Waterway Guide, AMI, BoatUS Team Up to Offer Boaters the Latest Information on NJ, NY Waterways

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to marine facilities, navigation aids and channels along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. The storm also choked northern New Jersey’s Intracoastal Waterway and other channels with sunken boats, sand, silt and debris from buildings and piers. How will boaters know what services are available or where the navigational hazards exist?

Waterway Guide, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) have teamed up to offer an easy, up-to-date, free online guide for boaters at But, marinas and other boating service providers need to share their operating information and update it throughout the season by sending an email to

“The good news is there has been a monumental rebuilding effort and the majority of marine facilities are either open or expect to reopen by the boating season,” said BoatUS Technical Director Beth Leonard, “In addition, the New Jersey ICW and nearly all channels are open to navigation, although many hazards still exist in shallower areas and will likely remain that way for the 2013 boating season, especially in the northern Barnegat Bay area. Boaters cruising the ICW or just headed out for a Saturday afternoon, however, will need to know where navigational hazards still exist and where they can find fuel, slips, pumpouts, and repair facilities. This online resource is available to any marina, yacht club or boat club in the most storm-damaged areas wishing to post their information. Individual boaters can also send an email to to provide updates on their marinas, boating facilities and any hazards in their local waters.”

The special Superstorm Sandy webpage covers all marinas on the New Jersey coast, New York City, Hudson Valley and Long Island’s South Shore. Marinas and other boating businesses do not need to be currently listed in Waterway Guide to participate. Updates can be sent at any time and will be posted promptly.

“This is a way for BoatUS, Waterway Guide and AMI to help the industry get back on its feet by generating business,” added Leonard.

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