Chase Utley Finally Has a Catch With Mac, Other Retirement Night Highlights

The Phillies honored Chase Utley tonight with a pregame ceremony, and as far pregame ceremonies go, it was, well, a real home run.

Some quick notes:

  • Mike Schmidt and Charlie Manuel drew the biggest applause from the sellout crowd, but Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ed Wade got some love, too. Not sure the crowd was ready for former Phillies catching and bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer or backup catcher Brian Schneider though.
  • The crowd went insane when a clip of Utley’s famous 2008 “World F***ing Champions” speech appeared on the video board.
  • The reception for Utley as he took the field was outstanding.

  • He first acknowledged the importance of David Montgomery, who passed away earlier this year.
  • He had some kind words for Charlie Manuel. “Thank you for being you,” he said of Manuel.
  • He also thanked Phillies fans for being crazy, loyal, straight-forward, and picking him up when he was down.
  • He took the field to Kashmir as the Phillies made their way out to their positions prior to the first inning and left it to one final ovation. Cool moment.

But the definitive highlight of the night came when Utley FINALLY had a catch with Mac from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. An awesome moment that you can see, along with the entire ceremony, after the jump.

Even if you don’t watch the show, you probably know Mac’s love letter to Utley. Super cringy, very funny. If you don’t, here’s a refresher:

Who says dreams can’t come true?

You can view the full ceremony right here:


9 Responses

  1. winkers,
    how can you work with with a mexican hating racist like Kinkers?
    I mean he got fired from CBS 3 for using the company twitter account
    to spew his hate speech against mexicans.
    Why would Kyle hire a known racist?
    Do his investors and advertisers know that Kyle hired a known racist?
    I don’t they would approve of pay for advertising for a known hater and
    racist against mexicans.

    What do you think?

    1. Is This True Kyle?

      Kinker got fired from CBS for using the company twitter account to make racist mexican
      tweets and you hired him anyway?

      I really hope this isn’t true Kyle.

      That would really break my heart!

  2. This team is pure shit. Plenty of good seats available for rest of year. Fire the Fruit. And the shitty GM.

  3. is what was printed on my t-shirt I wore to a game in 09. Security swarmed me like I had an uzi strapped on my back. They wouldn’t let me in with that “offensive” t shirt . “but it’s not…what? its spelled with a ‘ph’ “.
    Now they’re playing the WFC quote on their 700 foot screen with the F bomb muted (sorta like my shirt).
    You’re welcome Philadelphia.

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