Chase Utley Says Phillies Fans Booing Doesn’t Help Things

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2013

Boo? Fuck you.

Here’s what Chase Utley told Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen last night when asked if coming out to San Francisco helps the team re-focus:

“Yeah, I think so. Obviously, they have a great fan base out here, they’re into the game, obviously booing us. But that makes it exciting. The last few games at home we didn’t play that well, the fans let us hear about it, and it doesn’t boost your confidence that way.”

The audio:

See, I have no problem with this. He could have gone the Jimmy Rollins route and criticized the fans, but he was just answering honestly as to how boos affect players. You’re treading on thin ice with comments like that though. He was one sentence away from sticking his foot in his mouth. But he didn’t. So we’re cool. If there’s one guy who doesn’t give a shit what comes from the crowd, it’s Utley. Sometimes I’m convinced he doesn’t even know what year it is while he’s on the field. He just sees balls, pitch counts and that little patch of hair on his chin he sometimes bites on. Chase gets, like, 10 years worth of benefit of the doubt before we call this a whiny comment.

Utley had three hits and a home run last night.

via 94.1 WIP and Bleeding Brotherly Love


  • Matt May 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

  • none May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Well, glad to see he has your approval. I’m sure he had you on his mind the whole time along with every other shitty blogger in the Philadelphia when he said it.

    • Danny B May 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Chase is cooked

      • sh May 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        not in a contract year, apparently.

  • Tom K May 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Of course you give him a pass. Phillies fans always give this guy a pass when he really doesn’t deserve one. So he’s a hard-working ballplayer … so is Howard, but if he said this, you’d rip him a new one.

    • Informed May 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

      i find it comical that he is the one to state this when he appears to be the only one on the field who doesn’t get booed. that is because the chase utley fan club issued him a lifetime free pass, which means the golden boy is exempt from any criticism. that would include his doing of the same actions that other players are quickly sent to the guillotine. also, he says this while on the west coast. why not say this on sunday after the game while still in philly then? ohh thats right, the chase utley fan club believes he doesn’t have to speak to the local media.

      • Rabidelphian May 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

        NOBODY should get a “free pass”! We should run EVERY athlete out of the city!!!

      • Ron Swanson May 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        Probably because he wasn’t asked this question on Sunday? He really didn’t say that much and, frankly, he’s right. Our entire fan base is freaking out and saying Ruben should sell all these players and giving up all hope after 1 month. It’s a long season and we need to show a little more support.

        • James May 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          Not be month…Its been about a season and 1 month since this team has really given us anything to applaud, and with the average age of our players being 67, Dom brown being our best young player, and Halladay shitting the bed, there’s really no hope in sight.

    • Bob B May 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

      So true. At this point you are a complete imbecile if you don’t see the double standard.

  • Johnny Goodtimes May 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Oh man, I’m sure Chase is so relieved to hear that. I’m sure that, as soon as he said it, he thought to himself, “What will Kyle think of this? Will be OK with me saying this? Oh God, I hope so. I hope he gives me a free pass on this one.”

  • Tfor3 May 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    That’s why I never really have booed, if they are playing like shit i’d rather not do something that would probably make them play shittier.

    A guy not running something out, not hustling sure boo..a i doubt he was trying to.

  • Chase gets a free pass - typical May 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I agree with Tom K. I don’t understand why Chase ALWAYS gets a free pass. The guy can barely play an entire season for some reason or another. Where can you get a gig that pays millions of dollars and only work for about 4 months? oh wait sorry you could play for the Sixers and sit out the entire season for millions. My bad.

  • Candy from the Oak May 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Give him a break, I’m sure the pressure of pretending to like animals is getting to him. His wife is very hairy looking

    • James May 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Dude youre not funny…It’s not that your crudeness is offensive, it’s just you. You never say anything funny.

  • Johnny Goodtimes May 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

    @Tom K, you are correct, if Ryan or Jimmy had said the exact same thing he would be going nuts about how they were selling out the fans. But there’s not much mystery as to why he gives Chase a free pass and would ride either of those guys out of town if they said it. Kyle does a very good job of “playing to his base”. Read the Lurie’s wife story (and the comments below it) and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Joann May 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    World F____g Champions! Chase is absolutely right!!

  • ThePhillyFlash May 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    If Chase allegedly “doesn’t give a shit what comes from the crowd”, then why did he say what he did in the first place? Sounds rather contradictory to me. And yeah, if anyone else, save perhaps for Mr. Pissing Excellence had said what Utley did, Kyle would be all over him like white on rice.

  • Dan Fuller May 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Chase Utley: “The last few games at home we didn’t play that well, the fans let us hear about it, and it doesn’t boost your confidence that way.

    Kyle Scott: “If there’s one guy who doesn’t give a shit what comes from the crowd, it’s Utley.”


    • Kyle Scott May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Dynamite drop in from our fashion editor.

      • James May 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        Your readers own you all the time, but a fellow colleague owning you is just fuckin hilarious.

        • Dan Fuller May 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

          Haha. “Colleague” – I’m flattered. I think I’m just falling for the bait by replying to articles like this, though.

          OR, maybe it could be spun that Utley was talking about the rookies and less-established players, not, to borrow a phrase from below, Teflon Utley.

  • Ryk May 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Hey UTLEY!!! youre an entertainer!!! Thats what pro-sports are. When axl rose stands up and farts in a microphone, he gets booed. The fans pay the bulk of your salary. If they dont like what they’re getting for their money, they have EVERY right to boo. Ya wanna get a better response, play better. Dont expect people to cheer for tripe. “when they boo, it hurts my feelings….” So what!!! When your team cant produce any runs it makes us mad. We’ll stop booing when you stop sucking!!!

  • Fan of chase May 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Chase is right and wrong, your gona get booed when your playing like shit. But booing halladay wasnt cool yea he fucked up and didnt tell people he was hurt, but the man wants to play he wants to earn his money. Chase does get a pass hes the heart of this team, not roy we can win with out roy 1 time every 5 days when chase dont play it seems weird watching them. He makes them tick,not ryan, not cole and sure as fuck not nigger rollins!

    • FACE May 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm


      • Informed May 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        fan of chase…that is the dumbest comment i have ever seen posted on here. so, chase is the only one who makes them tick yet 2 former NL MVPs (ryan and rollins) and a world series MVP (hamels) have no influence on this team? get a clue before you spout off at the mouth! while you are it, go back to grammar school and learn writing 101, derelict!

  • Candy from the Oak May 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Everyone is living in 2008

    • Informed May 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      living on the memories of the past and being neglectful of the present reality is a flaw for much of this fan base.

  • Johnny Goodtimes May 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Judging by his language, I’d say that Fan of Chase is living in 1947.

  • MM May 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Utley can say what he wants with the numbers he’s put up so far this year. he also does a pretty good job of running hard, which, is more than you can say for some other “veteran leaders” on this team.

    • Candy from the Oak May 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Just call them lazy black guys. It’s ok to speak your mind.

  • Chase lover May 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Chase is hot – he can say whatever he wants & I’ll still cheer him on 🙂

  • confident fan May 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Chase,

    Getting shut out 5 times in 8 games or whatever it was, or only getting 5 hits in 2 games vs the f’ing Miami Marlins doesn’t exactly boost a fan’s confidence that way.

    Thanks! Now go get ’em tiger!

  • Walt M May 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Chase is totally wrong. Booing is a form of expression telling the player we do not think he is living up to expectations. If the whole crowd was silent, the reactions would be that the fans don’t care.

    The players need to understand that the booing is not aimed at them as a person, but that the fans do not like what they are seeing in their performance.

  • rich May 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    richie allen, mike schmidt, scott rolen, curt schilling all said the same thing…..why does chase utley keep getting a free pass? why isn’t he more upset that cliff lee is saying THE PLAYERS SHOULD HAVE MORE PRIDE…. we booed all of the other fellas above, yet utley is an untouchable. ef him, move on…. i love his work ethic, his ability as a professional baseball player, but to whine about the fans, oh wait, the same fans he adored and took for granted using the F-bomb in front of at the world series celebration, STOP IT CHASE……you cannot have your cake and eat it too…..

  • morandini May 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Oh, I get it. Somebody booed and that hurt the team’s itty bitty feelings. But, now that they are on the road, away from those mean fans who pay their salaries, everything is peachy again and they can win some ball games.

    What a creamy stinking pile of excrement.

    See…here’s the thing: this whole team has been getting off pretty easy for the most part since 08. But, on and off for the past 3 years or so, this team goes into looooooooong hitting droughts. Sloppy, stupid at bats that have gotten two hitting coaches fired. Seven hits over two games against the Marlins? No walks for four games in a row?
    Eventually, fans get fed up and let the team know that they don’t like what they see.

    The booing didn’t cause the team to suck, the sucking is what caused the boos. If you don’t like it, try sucking less.

    • Phil Osifer May 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Harsh. I was hoping I’d only be a partial imbecile.

  • Derek May 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    That Chase “Teflon” Utley for u. I’m sure if it were Rollins or Howard who said the same there would be 3 article on here ripping them for it. Chase has always gotten a pass from sports writers in this town.

  • Chelsea May 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Theres nothing wrong with what he said, hes right. How would you expect to get mentally better with your home fans booing you. It doesnt help and it absolutely doesnt build confidence especially when you’re performing poorly anyway. Yeah they’re athletes and get paid for what they do, but who cares, they’re only human too. I’m a true blue Phillies fan and yeah i get frustrated but I would never boo my own team. Everyone is so quick to jump down each others throats. Chase is one of the only ones who gives 100% all of the time, so yeah. He can say whatever he wants. When he comes out and says the philly fans suck, which he never would, then you can bash him. For now everyone needs to relax.

  • Chase Utleys's patch of hair on his chin May 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Sorry Kyle, i disagree with you. It is not the fans responsibilty to “boost their confidence.” They are professionals, boost your own damn confidence. Get on that field and play better, we wont boo and the stadium will fill back up.

  • Phastballs May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I’m 58 years old and have been a Philly sports fan since the early 60’s. It never ceases to amaze me that so many Philly fans justify poor behavior as OK for an excuse for frustration. A lack of production should never confused with an obvious lack of effort. Sometimes, even great effort does not produce desired results. If the effort is there, be happy and get behind them anyway. If they’re dogging it, then Boo. Sometimes a pat on the back goes further than a kick in the butt!!

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  • Walter Pollard August 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

    It’s this simple. If you suck in Philadelphia then you get booed, period. They should be booing that fossil “Hick Charley.” His players don’t perform for him, and haven’t for almost two years.. It’s time for a change. Charley’s record speaks for itself and he is a Phillie forever. But it’s time to put the “Hall of Famer” in there, let him reassess the talent and put the most talented team on the field. Not the most expensive. We don’t owe these guys a bloody thing. They owe us. A fish rots from the head down, meaning Charley. Pops, the okra and maters are “a’waitin.”

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