Pat Burrell surely may suffer from Ennisism if he hasn't already, and no, contact lenses won't help the handsome outfielder when he starts whiffing again.
Former Phillie Del Ennis was most likely booed more than any Phillie in Phillies history; more than Richie Allen and Lance Parrish. Even more than JD Drew. Ennis played the outfield for 11 seasons with the Phillies and in the second half of his Phillies career was often, if not every night, roundly booed. Ennis and Burrell's statistics for their first seven years are remarkably similar, with a couple of glaring differences. Strike outs: Ennis averaged 57 a season, where Burrell averaged 127 a season. Burrell hit more home runs than Ennis, averaging 27 a year to Ennis' 21. They are close in RBIs with 95 a season for Ennis and 92 for Burrell. Ennis leads in batting average .292 to .258, and in slugging percentage, .483 to .477.
So starting his eighth Phillies season, Burrell may catch Ennis in another Philadelphia tradition: 'Booooooooos.' It may start early in April, when Burrell looks at a slider third-strike on the outside corner with the score tied and the bases loaded: 'Boooooooooo.' And by May, when teams are pitching around Ryan Howard to get to Burrell: 'Boooooooo.' By July, Charlie, if he's still around, will move Burrell down in the line up, but it won't stop the boos, it will just make them worse. So get ready. Ennism is just around the corner.