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Pat Burrell may be forced to retire

Sep 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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Sure, his performance is going to make it difficult for Pat Burrell to get any more major league work, but underlying that performance is that chronic foot injury from which he’s been suffering all summer.  I wasn’t really clear on the nature of it until I read Hank Schulman’s piece in the Chronicle this morning:

Burrell signed for $1 million this year and could do so again. On the other hand, he might have to retire because of a rare and debilitating foot injury that one doctor told him occurs mostly in car accidents.  “I’m one of those guys, I’ll play until they tell me I can’t,” Burrell said. “I just enjoy it so much. That being said, I’ve got some limitations with this, and I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to play with this foot thing.”

He’s always been so hot-and-cold that I figured that the injury was just an annoyance and we were simply in a cold spell, maybe even a permanent one.  Guess not.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Pat “The Machine” Burrell has a second calling. Don’t worry about his life after baseball. This man will be a porn star! Guaranteed. He can pimp it as well as anyone. He has the gimp suit to prove it.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 9, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      With all due respect… seem a more than a little crazed today.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        Why? Because I made a long standing Burrell joke? Or because I told the truth in the other posts today? Which is it?

      • nolanwiffle - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        ….merely an observation. Your posts seem amped up and /or angry. No big deal. Go Phils?

  2. yankeesgameday - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Geez, I went to college with Pat Burrell and now he may retire. I’m telling ya, the way I watch games has changed a whole lot the last few years as I find it harder and harder to cheer for men soooooo much younger than myself. For most of your life you look up to players, then at some point you look at them as peers because they are around your age, but now that almost every ball player is younger than me I am finding it increasingly difficult to care about anything they do.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      I’ll be sure to get off your lawn then…

      • yankeesgameday - Sep 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Damn right get off my lawn. and I’m keeping your ball too.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        Noooo! That ball’s my Dad’s. It’s really important to him, it’s signed and everything by some babe named Ruth!!!!

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      I know what you mean.

      I’m 33 and suddenly the majority of players are younger than I am. Players only a few years older than me (Jeter, A-Rod, Ortiz) are talked about as “aging”, even though they’re young men by societal standards.

      It’s a weird dynamic.

  3. goawaydog - Sep 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Pat the Bat would make a great hitting coach somewhere. He is a class act and i hope he stays in baseball in some capacity.

  4. cleverbob - Sep 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    What’s the condition, lead feet?

    • goawaydog - Sep 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      Two left ones i believe

  5. mojosmagic - Sep 9, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    For a guy with limited ability Pat has had a charmed career. I think it’s time for flinch to hang it up.

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