We live in a world in which Pat Burrell is no longer a professional baseball player.

We live in a world in which Pat Burrell is no longer a professional baseball player.

Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com is reporting that Pat Burrell has retired. For the most part, we've already said our goodbyes to Pat the Bat, who left Philadelphia after helping the Phils to a World Series championship and riding on a Clydesdale-drawn carriage with his then wife and dog. After doing some time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Pat was a member of the San Francisco Giants team that dispatched the Phillies in the 2011 postseason, then won it all.

He'll certainly be among the most memorable Phillies of the WFC generation, with highs and lows on the field and legendary status off of it. Here's hoping Pat doesn't disappear from public life just because he's hanging up the the Bat. We'd miss him too much. Nick will be along shortly with some remembrances of Burrell.

Fellow WFC teammate Shane Victorino took the time out of his busy day swimming with dolphins to wish the Bat a fond farewell:

Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

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Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

It all started with a simple tweet at 1:58 p.m.

Ben Simmons asked his Twitter following about the cat.

One hour and 19 minutes later, Simmons decided to participate himself.

With his two Savannah cats.

For those out of the loop, Sixers fan @GipperGrove started the social media movement — one we can surely affirm is one the world has never seen before — in which fans raise their cats after each Sixers win, which there have been plenty of recently.

The Sixers won their third straight game on Friday night, squeaking out a 93-92 win over the Trail Blazers and are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Joel Embiid is legit, and this team, in Year 4 of The Process, is making basketball great again in Philly. And all of this without Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who's still rehabing a Jones fracture in his right foot.

To celebrate Simmons' cat-raising, @GipperGrove pinned this to his Twitter page.

#RaiseTheCat lives on.