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Pat the Bat emotional in curtain call

Pat Burrell was back in town this past weekend.

Pat Burrell was back in town this past weekend.

One last curtain call for a fan favorite.

The Phillies signed Burrell to a one-day contract and let him retire in red pinstripes. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game and the team flashed a tribute video.

Yes, the stoic player known for his charm and charisma -- on and off the field -- started crying in front of the sold-out crowd. Burrell was the first overall pick in the 1998 draft.

"It doesn't seem that long ago," Burrell said of his days in a Phillies uniform. "It was a really nice thing for the organization to do."

For Phillies fans, the lasting image of Burrell is of him blasting that lead-off double in the seventh inning in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series. He was replaced for a pinch-runner, but the run turned out to be the series-clinching one.

"One thing people don't really talk about is the fact that he rubbed off on guys in a positive way," said Chase Utley. "He kept it loose, but he would also speak his mind when he felt it was needed."

The 35-year-old Burrell is serving as a scout for the San Francisco Giants after a foot injury ended his career. Burrell said he has no intention of making a comeback.

"I enjoy it," he said. "I'm not sure where I'm going to end up with this whole thing, but as long as they still think I can help, I'll be there."