My Burrell #5 Jersey - Photo credit: HCarnassale
Last night in South Philadelphia, the Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox. But though I wanted them to win, the night in my eyes belonged to Pat Burrell.
Last season when rumblings came out that Burrell was more than likely going to retire, my mission was to make sure that this happened in Philadelphia.
Now I don’t take sole credit for Ruben Amaro, Jr. and company giving Pat the opportunity, but I surely made my opinion known. So about a month and a half ago, when it was announced that the Phillies were going to sign Pat to a one day contract, I for one was giddy beyond belief. And things only got better.
I found out that the game that Pat and the Phillies chose was the May 19th game during the Boston Red Sox series. I immediately called my father, who buys the partial season tickets and asked if he had tickets for that specific game. He did but…he had already given those tickets away (before the Burrell announcement came out). My heart sunk, but I surely didn’t expect my Dad to ask for the tickets back, so I basically resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t see Pat retire in person.
Well, my parents, being the most kind and generous Mom and Dad a girl could have, decided to purchase tickets for the game and gave them to me. I was so grateful, appreciative, and VERY happy. So I want to make sure to give a huge THANK YOU shout out to them for getting the tickets for me.
Now the tickets weren’t for Section 116, as my Dad had given those away, so technically my view last night was from Section 243 by Harry the K’s restaurant. Having never sat out there in left field, I saw the game from a whole new perspective. And sadly the Phillies game itself was a major bust after Joe Blanton, who had been looking very good, pitched awful. He had 102 pitches by the fifth inning…YIKES! But the Phillies battled back to some extent, however as many of you probably know, I consider myself a huge jinx when it comes to the Philly teams, so being my second Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park this season, I am 0-2. Not exactly helping my case.
Anyway, back to Pat Burrell. As I stated here, I never considered myself a “Burrell Girl” I was more a “true” fan who supported him through slumps, through the bashing from fans, and pretty much everything he did or didn’t do on the field. So last night I proudly wore my Phillies #5 Pat Burrell shirt and while walking through the turnstile, the ticket attendant gave me a thumbs up. I saw quite a few others adorned in their #5 shirts as well. Some even donned Burrell’s original Phillies number which was #33. The support and admiration for Pat could definitely be felt throughout the park.
So when the time came for Burrell to be announced, the stadium was packed with fans, ready to cheer for the man many either loved and/or at times hated. But everyone last night agreed on one thing, that Burrell coming back, putting on the red pinstripes, and retiring in Philadelphia was the way it was meant to be.
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