Victorino pulling for Te'o, Irish

January, 6, 2013
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New Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will be in Florida for Monday night's BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame, and the Flyin' Hawaiian has a strong rooting interest.

Not surprisingly, Victorino is a fan of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who also hails from Hawaii. And Te'o was thrilled to know that Victorino was coming down to lend Notre Dame his support.

"Shane Victorino is just a real good guy," Te'o said. "We met him before and had the opportunity just to hang out with him for a couple days, and like I said, it's that bond between Polynesian players and even non-Polynesian players who know what Hawaii is all about. ... Just to have Shane here and have him experience this moment with us, he's family."

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