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August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE KNOWS Chase Utley has uttered some memorable lines: "World [bleeping] champions," was the way he described his team to the tens of thousands who gathered at the parade for the Phillies in 2008. "Boo? [Bleep] you!" was his response to the jeering welcome he got at Yankee Stadium at the 2008 All-Star Game. But there have been some great quotes about Utley too. No one will ever top Harry Kalas' "Chase Utley you are the man!" But here are some other noteworthy quotes that have been said about Utley over the years: * Charlie Manuel: "You try telling Chase to take a day off and he has this look like you just killed his mother.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Knowing how to say goodbye to Chase Utley would be a lot easier if he ever really said hello. In that case, there would be stories to tell from his 13 seasons, and insights from across the years that would help put his place in franchise history into perspective. There would be emotions and feeling and the poignant sense that someone we knew so well was moving on. That wasn't the deal Utley made with Philadelphia, however, and, hometown or not, it's not the one he will make with Los Angeles, either.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS the eve of Independence Day and the Phillies were in Atlanta, but the season was already over. Nobody told Chase Utley. The manager, Ryne Sandberg, had quit on the team. Cole Hamels was pitching like a man resigned to another summer in purgatory. Ut? He was in the hallway between the visitors' clubhouse and the tunnel to the dugout, sitting at a table filled with video monitors. Alone, he watched himself hit, clip after clip after clip, an hour before the Phillies took batting practice.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The fact that there wasn't only one quintessential Chase Utley moment, but probably closer to a dozen, likely says more about his success and popularity in a Phillies uniform than anything else could. Yesterday, a day after the team traded its iconic second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Pete Mackanin recalled the 2009 World Series, when he finished his first season on the Phillies' coaching staff by watching Utley hit a Series record-tying five home runs against the Yankees.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY emerged from the hallway that links the home clubhouse to the field at Citizens Bank Park, shot a quick look at the herd of reporters camped out in the dugout, and set his glove aside to join his teammates for pre-batting practice stretch. Minutes later, he was in the batting cage, taking his daily cuts with the rest of the reserves held out of last night's starting lineup. And then he was at second base, getting his pregame defense work in, too. Utley did all of these things in a Phillies uniform, the only uniform he's known since being drafted by the team 15 years ago. But less than an hour before Utley took the field, the Phillies had already agreed to send the franchise icon to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a trade first reported by cbssports.com.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A reporter asked Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday afternoon if the shortstop had ever talked with Chase Utley about reuniting their double-play partnership in Los Angeles. Rollins lowered his shoulder and shimmied his head as he answered, adding a little more slyness to his words. "Maybe," Rollins said with a laugh after his Dodgers fell to Oakland, 5-2. "We may have had a conversation about it. Those things remain between us. " Rollins and Utley - the longest double-play combination in Phillies history - will be back together again.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff
THIRTEEN SEASONS, give or take, is a lot of time and a lot of memories of Chase Utley. Here are five of the greatest: 5. April 24, 2003: This was the occasion of Utley's first hit in the major leagues. It was a grand slam off Colorado's Aaron Cook. Of course it was. 4. Aug. 9, 2006: The game was at Turner Field in Atlanta. It was memorable partly for a particular play, when Ryan Howard hit a chopper to the infield and was thrown out at first base - and Utley, running hard the whole way, scored from second base.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Led Zeppelin blared over the Citizens Bank Park speaker system Tuesday night, and the fans cheered. Eleven days after returning from the disabled list, following days of speculation and reports regarding a potential trade, there was Chase Utley, still in a Phillies uniform, still the team's second baseman. A trade of Utley before the end of the month is still not out of the question, but as the days wear on it appears less and less probable. Speaking before his team's 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "very likely" that Utley remains with his longtime club through the season's final seven weeks.
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