Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated had the following to say about Pat Burrell during a segment on WFAN 660 AM in New York (via Twitter)…
“Nobody likes him. You can go up to interview him and say, ‘Do you have a few minutes?’ and he’ll ignore you and pretend you’re not there.”
When we checked with a couple of people close to the Rays, they confirmed that this description was indeed accurate.
Which leads us to this question: How the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks did the Rays ever let this guy anywhere near their clubhouse? As much as Joe Maddon values a close-knit group that is not afraid to have fun from time-to-time, everything we have ever heard about Burrell is that he is just a prickly bastard.