October 11, 2010
Looking back to Game 2 and Chase Utley's maybe/maybe not hit-by- pitch. Derek Jeter did something similar during the regular season. Thereafter, both Utley and Jeter received some criticism from do-gooder types. I had no problem with it. I'm an if-you-ain't-cheatin'- you-ain't-tryin' kind of guy. Where do you two stand? That's not cheatin, it's craftiness, a prized trait in baseball since the days of High Pockets Kelly. It's only cheating if the other team does it. It's like when the day before a big Latin test I transcribed notes, as a studying aid, of course, onto my hand.
November 1, 2008 |
It was hardly on the scale of a wardrobe malfunction, but Chase Utley's dropping of the F-bomb on live TV and radio yesterday caused a stir among some Philadelphians. After proclaiming "World champions!" at the Phillies' celebration at Citizens Bank Park, the smiling second baseman leaned into the microphone and inserted a familiar two-syllable profanity between "world" and "champions. " The crowd loved it, erupting into cheers for several minutes. Local TV and radio stations covering the event live, however, were less amused.
October 30, 2008 |
It could have been the play that turned the World Series - if Chase Utley hadn't been alert. Go back to the top of the seventh inning, just after Rocco Baldelli hit his game-tying, into-the-wind, momentum-stopping, oh my Lord, maybe they're not destined to win this thing home run. Shortstop Jason Bartlett, up next for Tampa Bay, singled to left field. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park turned tense as J.P. Howell sacrificed Bartlett to second. Two outs. Akinori Iwamura hit one up the middle.
March 5, 2006 |
The Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Networks Field is a little quieter these days. Chase Utley is with Team USA. Bobby Abreu and Tomas Perez are with Venezuela. Rheal Cormier, Scott Mathieson and Aaron Myette are with Canada. Robinson Tejeda and Eude Brito are with the Dominican Republic. And there's a single player each with Panama and Australia. But while the Phillies are missing nine of their players in big-league camp (plus a minor-leaguer) for the World Baseball Classic, Bright House never had as much energy and noise as yesterday, where the Phillies played the Venezuelans in a split-squad exhibition.
June 27, 2012 |
Chase Utley was asked about the chronic knee condition that threatens the remainder of his career and, like all great athletes for whom confidence is a vital tool in the arsenal, he said he would beat it. "I think I can overcome this, without a doubt," Utley said. "I have pride in how I play, the way I play, and that's not going to change. " He meant it when he said it, and he said it on Feb. 23 in the Phillies' spring-training complex in Clearwater, Fla. Well, here it is, with July crowding June, and Utley still hasn't played an inning of major-league baseball this season.
April 15, 2010 |
With shortstop Jimmy Rollins landing on the disabled list, manager Charlie Manuel and the Phillies' players fielded a lot of questions before Wednesday's game about how the offense would perform without its leadoff man. So far, the answer is even better. "Jimmy is a tremendous player, but that's part of what you go through," Manuel said. "You've got to make the best out of it you possibly can. " The 21st century version of the Big Red Machine continued to pummel opponents en route to a 14-7 victory over the Washington Nationals before a sellout crowd of 45,438, the seventh largest to see a regular-season game in the seven-year history of Citizens Bank Park.
July 13, 2008 |
Dallas Green has seen his share of Hall of Fame second basemen in his lifetime. He traded for Ryne Sandberg. He managed against Joe Morgan. "He's there with Morgan. He's certainly there with Sandberg," Green said. "He's got to be right there with those guys, and really in all phases. " He is Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who is starting his third consecutive All-Star Game on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. There have been 10 second basemen in Phillies history who have made the National League all-star team: Emil Verban (1946-47)
February 12, 2009 |
Wearing sunglasses, gym shorts, a T-shirt and running shoes, Chase Utley walked out of the clubhouse and onto the emerald grass at Bright House Field about 10:30 yesterday morning. Utley spotted a reporter and good-naturedly said, "I'm invisible. " Try as he might, Utley will be anything but invisible as the Phillies spend the next seven weeks under the Florida sun preparing to defend their World Series title. In fact, Mr. Invisible will be the most watched player in camp.
November 12, 2012 |
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - This market opened like so many before it. Baseball's general managers met for a few days at a resort and publicly downplayed an industry awash in disposable cash while player agents made hefty initial demands. In his public comments, Ruben Amaro Jr. spent much of the time downplaying the whole exercise. "I've had a lot of really interesting discussions," the Phillies general manager said, more than once. But, no, Amaro claims he does not want to trade more young talent and sees few difference-makers in free agency.
June 5, 2012 |
Charlie Manuel is not so sure that playing a position other than second base will alleviate the pain in Chase Utley's chronically injured knees. "If he's going to have pain, he can have pain at first base, left field, right field, wherever. Just like he would have at second," the Phillies manager said. "Getting him healthy and seeing what he can still do is the big thing. " But then there is this: Manuel would not completely shut the door on Utley's playing left field or first base, however unlikely, upon his return.