Burrell throws out Giants' first pitch

Burrell throws out Giants' first pitch

Burrell throws out Giants' first pitch
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a nice convergence of circumstances, the Giants invited Pat Burrell to toss Tuesday night's ceremonial first pitch, a gesture that acknowledged his contributions to the 2010 World Series-winning club.

And it just so happened that the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom Burrell spent the bulk of his 12-year Major League career, were in town. That club will honor Burrell next month with pregame ceremonies in Philadelphia and by signing him to a one-day contract that will enable him to retire as a Phillie.

Burrell recalled seeing the Phillies extend similar tributes to Mike Lieberthal and Doug Glanville while he played for them.

"I remember it was a really nice thing for the organization to do," Burrell said.

But if Burrell's past is associated mostly with the Phillies, his immediate future lies primarily with the Giants. He spent most of Spring Training accompanying various Giants scouts to Cactus League games, learning the subtleties of that craft.

"He has been some help already," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, noting that Burrell has pointed out nuances of certain pitchers that escaped other observers.

Forced to retire after last season by a right foot injury, Burrell said that he hasn't missed being on the field.

"When I didn't play in Interleague games, I kind of knew I probably wouldn't play after last season," said Burrell, sporting his Giants World Series ring on his right hand. "So I had three months or so to kind of prepare for that. I just knew I physically couldn't do it. So in that respect it wasn't difficult."