I blame myself. I blame myself for not feeling like I had seen the story John Kruk told yesterday about pranking Chase Utley when he was a rookie. Indeed, the video does exist, and it’s a classic. Behold, baby arm Chase:
I’m trying really hard not to get homoerotic with this, but I’d be remiss not to point out that Chase has (toned!) baby arms here while just a few years later he would develop absoluate manthons hanging off those shoulders:
Phew. Hot in here? Where was I? Ah, right, the video. Yeah, good stuff from Kruk. Three more items of note:
- There’s a weird edit point near when Ed Wade blamed Ruben Amaro. It returns to Chase laughing. Did the gang know even then that Ruben was a, well, rube?
- I don’t think Chase bought it from the beginning. He’s too advanced for your simplistic mind games. I just think he placated Kruk because he knew the sweet release of humor would get the best out of him as an announcer.
- The ol’ sleeveless baseball belly shirt is a vestige of the 90s and early oughts. Chase wore it well, but I feel like Darren Daulton and Pat Burrell really owned the look. Those guys have exactly two styles of shirt in their wardrobe besides their baseball jersey: cut-off sleeveless and Hawaiian.*
*While we’re getting sartorial, take a look at Phillies beat writers at Spring Training– they all wear the Florida short-sleeve button-down. They have been for years. I feel like David Murphy shows up to Christmas parties in that thing, like he doesn’t know what to do without it.