Pat Is a Class Act

Just a quickie, while I have a moment. I wanted to share an ad that appeared in this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer, from Pat Burrell, thanking the fans for their support.

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I looked for a copy online, but couldn’t find one, so I tried scanning it. I had to scan it in two sections, my scanner’s not big enough. In case it’s hard to read, here is what is says:

An open letter to the great Philly fans and a great sports franchise from Pat Burrell:

As I prepare for the 2009 season with the Rays, I can’t help but reflect on the time I spent in Philly and I wanted to give you some of my thoughts.

To the Phillies organization, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my dream as a prefessional ball player. It was great to finally share a championship with all the members of the organization from the top down.

To the fans, I write to let you know how much I appreciated your support over the years. Through good times and bad, I never doubted the support that all of you had for my teammates and me. That support was never more evident than in our great run through the playoffs last year where you absolutely played a key role in our championship. The last nine years have been a wild ride, and while at times there were struggles, I realize it was all well worth it every time I think about that memorable ride down Broad Street during the parade, It was great sharing it with you and I will always remember it.

My family and I thank the fans and the organization for all the great memories. You will never be forgotten and I hope to see you in October.

All my best,

Pat

Evidently Pat is looking forward to a Phillies/Rays rematch. :-)

While I won’t miss some of Pat’s batting slumps, or what I call the Burrell Butt Thrust (when he jumps back from pitches he thinks are inside but are really over the plate), I will miss him as a person and player. I think he really did try his hardest, and the fans appreciated his effort. It was great that he got to experience the World Series victory as a Phillie.

Pat, best of luck to you this year as a Ray! 

10 Comments

It’s always so great when players take out ads or write letters to the fans of the teams they’re leaving. It’s such a generous gesture and makes me like the players more.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Saw this earlier today – Pat is SO cute :O) It makes me miss him more though…waaaa!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

I think it is always classy when a former player does this with his former club.
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Jane – I agree, it really brings out the human side of them. As a fan, it’s great to hear when one of your favorites appreciates all the support we give them.
Jenn – my friend Jill (remember her from Baseball 101?) will miss Pat too; I think he was her favorite Phillie.
Aaron – I agree. I guess it’s a safe bet to say that Manny will not be taking out an ad like this in the Boston papers anytime soon!
Sue

What a classy guy!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

It’s great when a player does something like this when they leave. It makes you feel good, doesn’t it?
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

Wow, very classy! What a nice thing for Pat to do for the fans.
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

I always thought he was a good guy.
Ever since I saw that MTV Cribs edition on his condo on Sand Key, I have been laughing about having such a good-hearted guy on this squad.

I am glad he took a page out of Rocco Baldelli’s book and did that. It not only sold papers, but it gave the average fan who might not be Internet savvy a chance to read his “Thank You” letter.

I hope the cheer him during the W S ring ceremony. He is going to be there then fly off to Boston for the Rays game. He deserves at leadt a standing ovation.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

It is a great gesture by Pat for sure. I remember when Drew Bledsoe did the same in the Boston papers.

Greg
Red Sox Ramblings: http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

Hi Julia, Caroline, Shelley, and Greg – yes, it is a nice gesture by Pat. He is a great guy and I think all Phillies fans wish him well!
Renegade – I never saw the Cribs episode about Pat, must have been pretty cool! (I’m not much of an MTV person). I think he will get a huge ovation by the Philly fans at the ring ceremony – wish I could be there to see it but it’s sold out, I’ll have to watch on TV.
Sue

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