Call me crazy, but this is the time Pat Burrell will shine.
Burrell — who is 0-for-13 with five walks and five strikeouts in the World Series — likely will stride to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in tonight’s game five. He could return in the bottom of the ninth. In one of those plate appearances, he’s going to come through.
We’ve seen a lot of storylines close as the postseason has progressed. We’ve seen Chase Utley prove clutch with a couple home runs and solid defense. We’ve seen Cole Hamels mature into a top-flight, elite pitcher. We’ve seen Ryan Howard come through huge in some big spots. Supporting players Matt Stairs, Eric Bruntlett and Joe Blanton have shone, while Shane Victorino, Jamie Moyer and Ryan Madson have realized their potentials and dreams.
But Burrell remains a chapter short. Sure his home run during game four in Milwaukee secured that series, but this is his stage. This is potentially his final game as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and his last as a Phillie at home. The longtime Phillie always seems to stash away a big moment, waiting for the perfect time.