Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

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Postby WilliamC » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:40 pm

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby pacino » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:00 am

I confess that I have never seen Markelle Fultz play a basketball game and I was not at his 76ers workout Saturday in Camden
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby BigEd76 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:06 pm

Chase's hair dye bet with Seager

Chase: "He’s been telling me for the past few months how I should dye my hair. I told him, ‘Hey, it is what it is. It’s just not something I’m interested in doing.’ He said, ‘OK, how about this? If I hit two home runs tonight, you have to dye your hair.’ I said, 'Sure, Corey. Done. Deal.' "

Seager: "I wanted him to go slick black, dark black, greased up, like the hair he used to have. So finally, the day before the game (8/8 vs Philly), I said, 'Dude, what is it going to take?’ I’m trying to swing over a guy who has done everything in baseball anyone’s ever wanted. He just kept saying, 'It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen.' Finally, 10 minutes before game time, I came up with the bet.’’

First inning, Seager homers off Phillies starter Zach Eflin deep over the CF fence.

Chase: "Now, I’m a little panicked, so I went to him the next inning, and I said, 'Hey, let me get involved in this bet. How about if I hit any home run, it cancels out one of your home runs.' He said, ‘Sure, fine.' "

Third inning, Utley homers over the RF wall, evening the score.

Seventh inning, Seager homers again, this time to right field, and he’s smiling the entire time he's circling the bases, barely able to hold his laughter.

Chase: "I couldn’t believe how happy he was. I was trying to figure out where we stood in the bet, but I honored it, because I thought it was the right thing to do."

And one week later, there was Utley, with his hair dyed brown, and Seager taking pictures on his phone.

Seager: "I was so geeked up that day. That was the most important game of my life. Really. Up to this point, it was the biggest."

Justin Turner: "It was the happiest I’ve ever seen Corey."
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby BigEd76 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:24 pm

Another Nightengale article today about Chase and Seager

They are chasing the same dream, even with Utley’s stellar career nearing an end, Seager’s burgeoning stardom just beginning as he aims for a certain NL Rookie of the Year honor and a possible MVP award, too.

Yes, riding in the World Series parade together, with Utley, who grew up in Long Beach and went to UCLA, winning a title for his favorite team growing up, and Seager winning his first since, well, he was 16, leading Team USA to a gold medal in the Pan American Games.

Seager: "Chase talks about it all the time. He said that when he was with Philly, the only spot that could be better would be L.A. That would definitely be meaningful for him, winning it for his hometown team. And really, if we were to win it, it would be because of Chase."

Seager is becoming the Dodgers’ biggest star outside ace Clayton Kershaw, vying to become only the third player in history to win an MVP and a Rookie of the Year award in the same season, but no one reflects the Dodgers more than Utley.

Dave Roberts: "He’s my most favorite player I’ve ever been around. To have Chase Utley at the center of it, and to have the players look to him on how to play the game, and now you look at who the torch is going to be passed to. For [Corey] to see firsthand how the game is supposed to be played, and the person that everyone respects, the culture is going to continue to sustain itself."
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The proudest Utley has been watching Seager’s season was his simple hustle in the eighth inning of a scoreless game Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. The bases were loaded and Seager was on first base, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a routine grounder to third baseman Javier Baez. He took the ball, casually flipped it to second baseman Ben Zobrist to end the inning, but Seager had raced so quickly to second base he beat the throw, and the Dodgers had a 1-0 victory.

Seager: "I knew Chase was proud. He didn’t have to say anything. He just came up, gave me some knuckles, and I knew exactly what it meant. That’s all he had to do, and you know you did something right. It was just one of those things where you see Chase run hard every time, and it just rubs off on us. You don’t take anything for granted. You don’t slow down on a play. You break up a double play. You do everything you can as a team to win."

Utley, who runs out every ground ball as if it’s his final at-bat in the big leagues and hasn’t hit into a double play all season, says, “It shows you what hustle, and that kind of commitment, can do to help you win a baseball game.’’

The last time Utley showed emotion on the field was during the thunderous standing ovation three weeks ago in his return to Philadelphia, with Phillies fans even demanding curtain calls after each of his two homers.

Seager: "I still get goosebumps thinking about it. It was unbelievable."

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The Dodgers still speak in reverence how Utley conducted himself when the Dodgers went to Citi Field in May to play the New York Mets. It was their first trip to New York since the 2015 NL Division Series, when Utley broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg trying to break up a double play.

Utley, who received death threats during the winter, was viciously booed when he walked to the plate in the third inning of the second game of the series. On the first pitch, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard threw a 99-mph fastball behind his back. Utley bent over slightly, but his facial expression never changed. Syndergaard and manager Terry Collins were ejected.

Utley responded by hitting two home runs in the game, including a grand slam in the seventh inning. Still, his expression never changed.

Turner: “It was unbelievable the way he handled that. He was just so cool and calm. It just adds to the legend. I mean, if you’re not aspiring to be Chase Utley, you’ve got the wrong idea."

It would have been easy for Utley to show up the Mets with a bat flip or two with his homers, but that’s not him. He says he understood the Mets’ reaction. He didn’t even mind Syndergaard intentionally throwing at him. It’s old school baseball. He loves it.

Chase: “The main goal is to win a baseball game, so to overreact in a situation like that, to put your team in a situation where they necessarily aren’t going to have a chance to win, that’s not fair to my teammates, so that’s what was most important to me."
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The way Utley sees it, it’s his responsibility to pass on the knowledge. Pat Burrell was his mentor in Philadelphia.

Thirteen years later, he’s the mentor and Seager is the student, which is what Dodgers President Andrew Friedman envisioned when he acquired Utley last September and brought him back on a one-year contract this season, even after hitting just .202 with the Dodgers.

Friedman: “He did a lot to help our team win games, and not all of it showed up on the back of a baseball card. It’s the GRIT and what he added in the clubhouse, and we placed a great deal of value to that. Now to have all of our young guys around him, and the influence that Chase has had on Corey, this being his first full season, you can’t measure that. I’m sure there are things that Corey has picked up from Chase that will last him throughout his career."

Utley, married with boys who will soon turn 5 and 2, says retirement time is drawing near. But it’s not now. He wants to play next year, and maybe 2018, too. And when he’s done playing, Friedman says, Utley will have a job waiting for him.

Friedman: "He’s always been a player I’ve admired from afar on and off the field, but what he’s done for us has probably even exceeded my expectations."
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby WheelsFellOff » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:33 pm

goddamit
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby td11 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:34 pm

WheelsFellOff wrote:goddamit

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby Doll Is Mine » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:54 pm

Yeah, I don't like the sound of that last sentence.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby BigEd76 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:55 pm

What, the one about working in the front office for LA?
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby swishnicholson » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:46 pm

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby ReadingPhilly » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:48 pm

right scoring on the error, but i'm surprised they ruled it as such.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby smitty » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:48 pm

Judge looks like a big old clod.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby Soren » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:58 am

smitty wrote:Judge looks like a big old clod.

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby Ace Rothstein » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:10 pm

He hasn't GIDP this year in 510 PA
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby ReadingPhilly » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:08 pm

Ace Rothstein wrote:He hasn't GIDP this year in 510 PA


assume there is a minimum ab aspect to this:

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby Monkeyboy » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:55 pm

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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby kruker » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:01 pm

I pray he makes the Hall. I'll have a huge shindig in Cooperstown and we'll all get laid.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby ReadingPhilly » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:44 pm

Coaches tell the story of a game in which the Dodgers had a big lead in the top of the eighth inning when one younger, enthusiastic teammate stole second base, which ticked off the opposition. When Utley got to the plate in the ninth, he told the opposing catcher to have the pitcher drill him. Then his teammate would understand there are consequences for showing up the opposition.


Then there was a game last year in which Kershaw wasn’t getting strikes he thought he’d thrown. When the Dodgers got back to the dugout, A.J. Ellis was hollering at the home plate umpire. Utley warned Ellis not to get ejected. Chase grabbed a batboy’s skull cap,a jacket, got a towel and rounded up a bunch of fresh baseballs and went out to give the umpires the balls, which is the batboy’s job. When the umpire asked him what he was doing, Utley told him he was not going to embarrass the ump, that no one would notice he was out there, but Kershaw had to have some of those pitches. Having spoken his peace, Utley ran back to the dugout like just another clubbie batboy.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby WilliamC » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:49 pm

Will never love a middle infield that much again no matter what. Interesting characters and kickass ballplayers.

They both should be borderline HoFer's. I think if Utley somehow gets to 2k he will make it.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby Werthless » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:52 pm

ReadingPhilly wrote:
Coaches tell the story of a game in which the Dodgers had a big lead in the top of the eighth inning when one younger, enthusiastic teammate stole second base, which ticked off the opposition. When Utley got to the plate in the ninth, he told the opposing catcher to have the pitcher drill him. Then his teammate would understand there are consequences for showing up the opposition.


Then there was a game last year in which Kershaw wasn’t getting strikes he thought he’d thrown. When the Dodgers got back to the dugout, A.J. Ellis was hollering at the home plate umpire. Utley warned Ellis not to get ejected. Chase grabbed a batboy’s skull cap,a jacket, got a towel and rounded up a bunch of fresh baseballs and went out to give the umpires the balls, which is the batboy’s job. When the umpire asked him what he was doing, Utley told him he was not going to embarrass the ump, that no one would notice he was out there, but Kershaw had to have some of those pitches. Having spoken his peace, Utley ran back to the dugout like just another clubbie batboy.

Damn. I didn't think I could like him more.
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Re: Chasssse Utley, You Are The Man

Postby td11 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:04 pm

ReadingPhilly wrote:
Coaches tell the story of a game in which the Dodgers had a big lead in the top of the eighth inning when one younger, enthusiastic teammate stole second base, which ticked off the opposition. When Utley got to the plate in the ninth, he told the opposing catcher to have the pitcher drill him. Then his teammate would understand there are consequences for showing up the opposition.


Then there was a game last year in which Kershaw wasn’t getting strikes he thought he’d thrown. When the Dodgers got back to the dugout, A.J. Ellis was hollering at the home plate umpire. Utley warned Ellis not to get ejected. Chase grabbed a batboy’s skull cap,a jacket, got a towel and rounded up a bunch of fresh baseballs and went out to give the umpires the balls, which is the batboy’s job. When the umpire asked him what he was doing, Utley told him he was not going to embarrass the ump, that no one would notice he was out there, but Kershaw had to have some of those pitches. Having spoken his peace, Utley ran back to the dugout like just another clubbie batboy.

he should have been a phillies for life
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