Monday, January 30, 2012

Pat Burrell Retires ... His Top 5 Moments as a San Francisco Giants

As reported earlier today by, Pat Burrell, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 12 seasons as a Big Leaguer. The Bay Area native, was the first overall pick in the 1998 Amateur Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, where he would end up playing nine years. Pat the Bat, earned most of his career success while playing for the Fightin's, and helped the Phils win a World Championship in 2008. In 2009, he signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, but his tenure there was short lived and was eventually released in early 2010. On May 29, 2010, the Giants were desperate for some offense and signed Burrell. On June 5 vs the Pittsburgh Pirates, Burrell made his first start as a Giant after completing a successful stint with AAA Fresno.

Burrell would go on to mash 18 home runs, 51 RBI, and a .266 batting average, and would help lead the Giants to their first World Championship in San Francisco. Later in that offseason, Burrell would sign a one-year deal with San Francisco to return in 2011, but a chronic foot injury limited his play on the field, and after the first few months, his availability was limited.

Even though his career with San Francisco was brief, his impact to the club will never be forgotten. He helped bring what so many players previous to his time could not ... a World Championship to San Francisco.

And with that, we proudly list Pat's 5 Greatest Moments as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

#5 April 18, 2010: Hits game winning 3-run HR vs. Colorado
#4 Oct. 16, 2010: Hits 3-run HR in Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series vs. Atlanta
#3 Aug. 13, 2010: Hits a grand slam vs Chicago
#2 Aug. 17, 2010: In his first return trip as an opponent to Philadelphia, he hits a home run in first at-bat
#1 July 31, 2010: With the Giants trailing 0-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning against arch-rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Burrell hits a 2-run HR to help lead the Giants to a 2-1 win.

Post Game interview after July 31, 2010 game

Grand Slam Hit vs. Cubs on Aug. 11, 2010

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