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:
EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.
Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.
Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.
Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.
Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.
TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.
Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,
Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.