Mom says Utley's blast will wear well on lucky son

Posted: June 29, 2007

Chase Utley has done a lot of good for Phillies fans in his brief career. Now, he is helping to dress them.

Utley's third-inning home run last night - his second two-run homer of the game - dropped $1,000 into the wallet of Samuel Preston, the ninth Home Run Payoff monetary winner of the season.

The 22-year-old Preston was unavailable last night, but his mother Frentia, who answered the phone at their Kensington home, was excited enough for the both of them.

"He's going to be so surprised," said his mother, a school-board employee who took some convincing before she believed her son had won. "I can't wait to tell him."

And the money?

"I am sure he'll be buying some clothes," she said.

Utley becomes the seventh Phillies player with at least 13 career Payoff homers, joining Mike Schmidt (50), Mike Lieberthal (22), Pat Burrell (21), Scott Rolen (20), Bobby Abreu (18) and Greg Luzinski (16).

Five other Daily News readers won a Phillies Gift Pack last night:

Mark Myers, Lancaster

Winifred Mayo, Coatesville

Sherwood Inderlied, Clayton, N.J.

Trish Colombi, Haddonfield, N.J.

Norm Millard, Philadelphia

The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batter fails to hit a home run receive a gift pack, which includes a variety of Phillies-related items.

You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM).

Today's coupon is on Page 54. *

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