With the help of Mike McCann, “the Real Estate Man,” who is far from shy when it comes to working with celebrities, recently retired, World-series winning, Phillie Pat Burrell has sold his condo in Rittenhouse Square. McCann marketed the luxurious, one of a kind $3,000,000 penthouse aggressively, including a twilight open house with gourmet appetizers and DJ Johnny Looch. Pat Burrell is sure to miss the floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary design with incredible light and views of Philadelphia! The twin spiral staircases leading to separate private living areas will not be easily duplicated! It’s a happy day for the new owner, but a sad day for the town where Pat the Bat’s baseball roots lay and where many Phans still hold an unwavering love and respect for the long time Phillies player.
In case you have forgotten, let me remind you that this was the same man that helped lay the foundation for the Phillies today. Actually, it was Pat and his mighty bat that hit the 7th inning double that turned into the winning run of Game 5 in the 2008 World Series- one of the most memorable acts in franchise history. Many still swear that it was for him whom we leaped off of our couches and ran into the street to proudly parade down Broad Street. And when Pat was asked to lead the victory celebration down Broad Street on the horse drawn wagon, even Pat was amazed at the out-pouring of emotion and love and support he felt. To this day, he calls that his fondest Philadelphia moment.
Pat Burrell had signed a one-day contract so that he could formally retire with the team that made him the first overall Draft pick in June 1998. On May 19, 2012, with much fanfare, he retired as a Philadelphia Phillie! We’ll miss you Pat!
Some stats on Pat the Bat:
- The Phillies selected Burrell with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft
- He played nine seasons with the Phillies
- He was fourth in team history in home runs (251), eighth in RBIs (827), and ninth in extra-base hits (518)
- In 2005, Burrell finished seventh in the MVP vote when he hit 32 home runs and knocked in 119 runs
- He helped lead the Phillies to a World Series championship in 2008 by hitting a seventh-inning double that turned into the winning run of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, the clutch move that defeated the Tampa Bay Rays
- He also played for the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco, winning another World Series with the Giants in 2010
- He retired in May, at the age of 35 due to a chronic foot injury, as a Phillie