WPHT’s Chris Stigall just did a nice thing so he had to go and ruin it. On his show yesterday, Stigall thought it would be clever and funny to point out that Julie Kramer, the 23-year-old cancer patient that received all of those gifts from Chase Utley on the Ellen Show might not get to cash in on the offer because Chase might not be here:
“You know Chase Utley’s not going to be around to take the cancer patient to the games. It’s a nice invite, but he won’t even be there.”
Fine. Not exactly funny or clever, but no one accused WPHT or Stigall of being either of those things. But then he cited exactly the thing you feared he would cite:
“Plus, it’s probably terminal what that woman has. You think she’s going to live through an entire season?”
Mediaite originally reported that Stigall is a sports talk guy, but has since corrected their story to reflect that he’s just “talk radio.” Regular, old, inspiring your Uncle to get political at Christmas, talk radio. The distinction is important, because as all-over-the-board as the quality of sports talk is in Philly, no one is this big of an asshole.
Earlier today, Kyle mentioned that Chase Utley would be making an appearance on the Ellen Show to “warm hearts and presumably kiss babies.” Well, there were no babies around but Chase sure warmed hearts and brought smiles and looked handsome.
Utley was on hand to surprise Tabernacle, NJ’s Julie Kramer, a 23-year-old Phillies fan battling stage 4 synovial sarcoma. Chase brought out a whole bunch of Phillies merch and gifts for Kramer and invited her to come to any game she wants next year.
Kramer also whispered something in Chase’s ear and said what sounded like “’08 … of course, I can’t say it” while gesturing towards the crowd. Chase responded: “Of course, I’m totally with ya.” Only Kramer and Chase know what she said, but I’m going with “World Fucking Champs.”
Video can be seen over here.
So it looks like Chase Utley joining the ‘Gram was actually part of an Ellen thing. Hashtag things in 2008 I never thought I’d write. Hashtag things Jen put him up to.
I have no idea who Julie is or what her story is about, but I’m sure it’s very inspiring and Chase is going to make it better by smiling at her or simply touching her arm ever so gently. We’ll post video when it’s available.
via Molly Eichel (@PhillyGossipDN)
In a much better pre-game moment than that dude from Staind screwing up the National Anthem on Sunday, Mo’Ne Davis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park on Saturday, and lobbed one right over the plate. It would be the highlight of anyone’s life, but like any Philadelphian, the real highlight of her day involved Chase Utley:
Davis also said a highlight of her day at AT&T Park was meeting Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson, and getting to talk with her favorite player, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, on the phone.
Talking to Chase Utley on the phone would be the highlight of my day too, but my days usually just consist of sitting a lot and drinking too much coffee, not throwing out the first pitch at the World Series and meeting Hank Aaron. Basically what I’m saying is: Chase, call me.
Kyle: I’ve talked to Chase Utley on the phone. It was awkward.
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It may be surprising to the casual viewer, but Chase Utley has never won a Gold Glove award. That may change this year, however, as Utley is one of three finalists for the NL Gold Glove award at second base. He’s up for the award along with Brandon Phillips and the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu. As Todd Zolecki points out, Utley has the lowest fielding percentage of the finalists (.985 to LeMahieu’s .991 and Phillips’ .996), but Chase fares a bit better from a SABR perspective.
The SABR statistic UZR is supposed to quantify how many runs were saved by a fielder’s fielding throughout a season. It includes the metrics of outfield arm runs saved, double-play runs saved, range runs saved, and error runs saved. In general, according to FanGraphs, the UZR of a Gold Glove caliber player would be 15+, while a great fielder would have a 10+ UZR, an above average player have 5+, and so on. Phillips’ UZR in 2014 was 8.1, Utley’s was 8.2, and LeMahieu’s was 10.7. That would seem to indicate a trophy for LeMahieu, but it’s worth pointing out that Phillips’ 2008 Gold Glove campaign had him with a UZR of 12.2 while Utley turned in a 18.3.
Gold Glove winners will be announced next month.
Giveaways that you’re a notable person:
1) Sunglasses anywhere other than in direct sunlight.
2) Jeans that actually fit with hipster shoes to match.
3) YOU’RE CHASE FUCKING UTLEY AT A CHEESESTEAK PLACE IN SOUTH PHILLY.
I can only wonder which other establishments are frequented by a good looking rich man named Rick…
I got recognized a few months ago doing (assisted) dips at the gym while wearing that first-run Geezus shirt that we sold, like, 20 of. Felt like a real loser. So, I get it. I feel
Chase’s Rick’s pain. This celeb life ain’t easy no one, that’s for damn sure.
pic via Jason Wolf of Delaware Online
With first, last, and security, the get in now price is just $52,500
Back in October of 2013, Chase Utley decided that his Penthouse at The Ayer was just not his jam anymore, and put it on the market for $4.3 million (with $4,000+ in monthly condo fees). No one wanted to buy it, so now you can rent it and Chase Utley can be your landlord for only $17,500/month. It’s the bargain of the year. The condo, like Utley himself, is described as “dramatic yet comfortable,” and features “hours of sunlit warmth.” There is no word on if that warmth goes away once Chase leaves.
In addition, the place is fitted with “superb lighting, audio and Crestron systems,” and the rest of the description of the place has got me feeling some kind of way:
An expanded Bulthaup kitchen with a large island, Miele and Sub-Zero, including a full-size wine storage unit, opens to the main living space with a step-up formal dining room with terrace just beyond. An exquisite table, lit by a smoky quartz chandelier, was made to fit the room and is included. A study, made private with pocket doors, is on the other side of the kitchen. Reached by a custom-crafted stairwell with walnut treads and walls finished in Blue de Savoie marble, the lower level is designed for entertaining and relaxation. The media or second living room is served by a specially designed, “smoked oak” wet bar with Sub-Zero wine chiller, refrigerator and freezer drawers, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher, ample storage and stainless counter and backsplash.
Is it hot in here or is it just that super-sexy condo description? Living there also gets your 24-hour doorman and concierge services, who will get really tired of hearing you tell them that Chase Utley is your landlord and that it’s really no big deal.