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Chase Utley Opened Spring Training with an F-Bomb and an Ankle Injury

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Note to Chase: Hashtagging emojis doesn’t really work out.

Chase Utley showed up for his press conference – part of the Phillies’ annual ritual of rolling out their aged veterans to the press – at Spring Training in Clearwater today and did two things he’s good at: He cursed and he told people he was injured. Utley stepped on a baseball while fielding grounders in January and is currently still healing from the resulting ankle sprain. But his knees, which are the knees of a 75-year-old man, are doing just fine.

But it’s not just his legs that scream “old man”– it’s also his use of technology. The video after the jump, via CSN, shows Chase trying (and failing) more than once to take a panoramic shot of the assembled media on his iPhone. When he couldn’t, he let out a hearty “fuck,” before asking if they he was on live TV yet. He wasn’t, but it’s not like that mattered before. Hashtag winkyface. Still handsome, though.

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Chase Utley is the 8th Best 2nd Baseman and Ryan Howard has the 7th Worst Contract

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Regardless of his age, Chase Utley is still a draw. Other than checking out some of the young talent this year, many fans will head out to Citizens Bank Park so they can still watch Chase play (and Cole, which might weigh a bit on the front office when it comes to trading him away). And it’s not like he’s some sad lump of a player who can barely field a ball or swing a bat any more. He may be 36, but according to the MLB Network, he’s still a top-ten 2nd baseman.

Utley is sandwiched between Howie Kendrick and Brian Dozier on the list, which also features (in order from the top) Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ben Zobrist, Neil Walker, Ian Kinsler, and Jose Altuve. Utley was ranked 5th last year, but some of the guys on that list really came into their own and Chase is now a year older. The system may be flawed, and an 8th place ranking might not inspire undying love, but it’s still nice.

Elsewhere in top bottom 10 rankings, Ryan Howard’s contract was named the 7th worst in baseball by Grantland’s Jonah Keri. At this point, only being the 7th worst feels like a win, because Howard’s contract is basically two-years, $60 million at this point. Keri puts it at $60 million because “Howard will make $25 million in both 2015 and 2016, after which the Phillies will buy out his 2017 option for $10 million.” We hope it doesn’t even go that far. But here he is on the now-legendarily terrible contract:

Howard is the original cautionary tale against extending star players two years before free agency, and his contract has been a source of near-universal mockery since the day it was announced. Putting the 35-year-old former MVP up for sale is the right move for the Phillies, but it’s doubtful any team would want Howard, even if the Phils paid the bulk of his freight. At this point in his career, even calling Howard a platoon DH is probably pushing it: His numbers over the last three years look startlingly similar to Luke Scott’s, and Scott had to go to Korea to find a job.

Sure, we’ll never top the Mets and their hilarious Bobby Bonilla snafu, but when it comes to paying players while they’re playing, Ruben Amaro has built himself a legacy of spending like there’s no tomorrow and then somehow not getting fired when tomorrow comes.

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AN UPDATE: Pat Burrell Has Now Joined Instagram

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On the heels of his historic, potentially drunken slide down a sand mound on Super Bowl Sunday, Pat Burrell has decided to join Instagram, seemingly at the urging of Chase Utley. That is a sentence I never thought I’d write.

Also, this photo:

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God those guys in the middle must feel so safe, so secure.

Go follow Pat on Instagram. Also: PLEASE TELL ME HE’S ON SNAPCHAT!* Pat was born for Snapchat.

*I just joined– crossingbroad. Add me. I have no idea how it works, so there’s a reasonable chance I’ll accidentally send you a video of me singing Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” in nothing but a strategically-placed sock that was originally intended to embarrass my wife at work. Never choose a career path that allows you to work from home, kids.

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Chris Stigall Ruins Any Goodwill he had by Mocking Cancer Patient

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?”

Gah.

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.

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Here’s Chase Utley Surprising a Fan Fighting Cancer on the Ellen Show

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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.

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Chase Utley Will Be on the Ellen Show to Warm Hearts and Presumably Kiss Babies Today

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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)

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Chase Utley Has Joined Instagram and Yes That’s Hot

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Follow him.

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Mo’ne Davis Threw a Strike from the Mound for the First Pitch at the World Series Saturday Night

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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