The Phillies fans gave long time outfielder and general fan favorite Pat Burrell a fitting sendoff in 2008, cheering the Phillies' 1998 first overall draft pick as he led the parade down Broad Street. He was received graciously when the team reunited for a pregame ceremony to receive their World Series championship rings as Burrell stuck with the game with the Tampa Bay Rays. When Burrell returned with the San Francisco Giants, well, Burrell was not quite as well received.
But today it was announced that Burrell will be given one final moment to be honored by the franchise and their fans that followed his career from start to finish. Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies and retire, officially, as a member of the team.