When Chase Utley started playing baseball in Philadelphia, I was still a college kid. He’s in his final year of baseball now – and I am a (young, ahem) dad of two. It’s amazing how fast time has flown by. Utley stepped into the batter’s box at Citizen’s Bank Park on Monday night and received a startling ovation from his former home crowd 13 seasons.
This is one of those special moments in baseball that gives you chills. A moment that needs captured forever on video, so we’ll do that right here:
Chase Utley's return to Philly.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 23, 2018
Emphatically, that’s worth a second watch. And a third. It’s one of those unscripted moments in a baseball season that won’t show up in a box score, but will be carved into your memory bank forever. Especially if you’ve followed the long career of Chase Utley, one that is that of a fringe Hall of Fame player.
Utley homered 233 times in a Phillies uniform, and sported an OPS of around .850 in the City of Brotherly Love. He went 0-for-4 in the Dodgers 7-6 win on Monday night, but that didn’t matter. Utley was easily the most loved man on the field, and that should continue all series.
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