And the collective sighs and un-pleasured moans you hear are from the Giants’ female fanbase, clutching their Pat The Bat plush toys.
We’ve essentially known that Pat was on his way out – he looked like a wounded
thoroughbred in his final days, limping around the field like he just stepped on a few golf balls getting out of bed. But, it’s still never easy when it becomes official – and today, it became just that as the flight attendant loving ladies man decided to hang up the cleats for good.
Giants GM Brian Sabean said in early December that Burrell, if he so desired, had a “baseball related” job waiting for him – and while Pat never fully committed, sighting that he needed time to rest and think, you’d have to assume given his local ties to not only the franchise but to this current core, you’d see him in black and orange soon enough.
Either way – the former Phillies star and Ray’s cast-off who was an intricate spark in the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series run will finish his career with a .253 average, 292 round trippers, 976 RBI’s and more trips to the mild high club than I can possibly count.
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Pat. Although your time in black and orange was short, it certainly wont be forgotten.