Amongst all the craziness that went down in the series finale with the Indians yesterday, was this little nugget in Marc Lancaster’s column (thanks Amanda). After Kerry Wood threw a second pitch at BJ Upton and the benches emptied, Pat Burrell was in the clubhouse and wanted to join his teammates on the field. There was one small problem…
“I didn’t like how that went down,” said Pat Burrell, who hurriedly threw on some pants and a jersey to join the scrum on the field that followed Wood’s second pitch.
Even Rays Pat Burrell, on his way to the DL (stiff neck) and in the clubhouse in a veritable state of undressed, ran onto the field as he pulled up his zipper and yanked on a jersey. It wasn’t even his jersey. In the old days, Jonny Gomes would have come out naked.
So we went to the video tape, and sure enough…
There is Burrell in the middle of the scrum.This image was snapped exactly 47 seconds after Joe Maddon first stepped out of the dugout yelling at Victor Martinez. And as we can see he is already mulling about in the middle so he has been there for a while.
A conservative estimate says that Burrell went from naked, to the middle of the scrum, in about 30-35 seconds [see update below]. That is a guy that has a lot of practice putting clothes back on very quickly.
He did manage to find his own jersey, but it is his batting practice jersey as you can see by the white side panels. Untucked, no cap, white sneakers and we are not even sure those are uniform pants. They seem too white and might be lacking the blue piping.
Of course, Burrell is on the DL with a neck injury, which begs the question: Why was Burrell not wearing any pants in the first place?
Pat Burrell caught with his pants down. Or as Pat calls it…Sunday.
[Update] Here is a second image that was snapped only 20 seconds after the yelling began and we can see Burrell running out of the dugout. Wow. Just wow.