From the AP:
“Pretty ironic, isn’t it?” said Victorino, who was born in Hawaii. “In the dugout, Wes Helms was saying it would be something if I won the game on the day my bobblehead was given out. It’s funny how it happened. I got a good pitch and drove it out.”
Ironic? I’m not so sure. But let’s pretend this is English 101 and talk about it. Dictionary.com lists nine definition for irony, but I think the one that best applies to this situation is “an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.”
Now, I don’t think Victorino’s homer qualifies as unexpected just because the Phillies gave away a Victorino figurine yesterday.
Then again, the fact that Victorino had three home runs coming into the day and a .388 slugging percentage probably makes his shot at least a little surprising.
Moreover, the Phillies victory could probably be described as totally contrary to what might have been expected. I know that after Ryan Madson and the Phillies bullpen blew a one run lead in the top of the ninth, I expected the Phillies would lose the game. I’m pretty sure everybody in Philadelphia expected the Phillies would lose the game. And yet somehow, some way, they won.
So maybe Victorino’s home run was ironic. Just not in the way he thinks it was.