Thank You Pat
With the expected arrival of Raul Ibanez, the career of Pat Burrell in Phillies pinstripes appears to be over. Both are leftfielders.
The 32-year-old Burrell came to town as the overall first pick in the 1998 draft out of the University of Miami. He left with his name etched in the Phillies all-time record book. Consider:
Home runs, 251, ranking him behind Del Ennis (259) and Mike Schmidt (548).
RBI, 7th (827).
Extra-base hits, 8th (518).
Sacrifice flies, 8th (42).
Walks, 5th (785)
Strikeouts, 2nd (1,273).
Yes, Pat struck out but all sluggers do. Ryan Howard will some day pass Pat.
Some day, too, Pat will be back to be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. His career certainly entitles him to that honor.
Pat will surface with another team and we wish him well. His last hit as a Phillie led to the decisive run that gave us the World Championship. We’ll always remember that and much more about Pat.
Thanks for the memories.