Departed outfielder Pat Burrell used ads in the Daily News and Inquirer to express his gratitude toward the city and organization today, suggesting that he finally gets it after all these years.
During his tenure, Burrell established himself as a hard worker and leader, but withdrew from the media and public spotlight, in stark contrast to community-minded nature of the rest of the organization. The Phillies may have expected more for their money when they made a long-term commitment to the former first rounder, at least when it came to being a man of the people. But on the field, the investment paid off; Burrell played a major part in the master plan to reach baseball’s ultimate plateau. Signing for $4 million less than he made last season, the wallet isn’t the only place where he may be feeling the void. Reading today’s letter, one can’t help but detect an undercurrent of remorse for leaving behind some unfinished business.
Game chat: Phillies host the Pirates in Clearwater. Joe Blanton, Bobby Mosebach and Ryan Madson are scheduled.