Cheers, Jeers May Await Pat ‘The Bat’ Burrell In Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Saturday’s start of the National League Championship Series marks the playoff return of a former Phillie fan favorite.
Pat Burrell spent nine years in left field for the Phillies, leaving as a free agent after the championship ’08 season. He comes back to Citizens Bank Park, now as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Does he get cheers or boos?
Phillie fan Al Brown of Woodbury Heights, NJ said Burrell will be welcomed — at first:
(Brown:) “He’ll definitely get cheered. He got cheered earlier in the season when he came back. And I think that the same praise will be there for the playoffs.”
(DeNardo:) “And if I’m not wrong, he hit a home run in his first at bat!”
(Brown:) “Yes he did, yeah.”
(DeNardo:) “And then he got booed!”
(Brown:) “Yeah! Ha ha.”
Brown pointed out that Burrell had a home run and knocked in three runs in Game One of the Division Series, so he’s still a dangerous hitter.
Reported by KYW’s Mike Denardo.