A Look Back at “Pat the Bat”
Former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell retired without much fanfare recently, but he leaves the game, the former number one overall pick, with two World Series rings, fourth in home runs (251) as a Phillie and his eight straight seasons in Philly with at least 20 home runs were topped only by Mike Schmidt.
Was he a franchise player?
Not really, but Phillies fans will forever remember his double in game five of the World Series, Eric Bruntlett replaced him as a pinch-runner and scored the game's winning run in the 4–3 victory as the Phillies won their first World Series since 1980.
In this article by former teammate and now ESPN.com baseball analyst Doug Glanville, he looks back at what it was like to play with and be a teammate of "Pat the Bat."