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Chase Utley “[Feels] Pretty Damn Good”

Kyle Scott - February 15, 2013

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Looks pretty damn good in the blue half-zip Adidas pullover, too. 

Chase Utley met with the assembled media in Clearwater. I don’t put a whole lot of stock into much of anything Chase says… but what he said today was mostly encouraging.

Quoticals!

“I feel pretty damn good right now.”

“I sent Charlie a text message [in Decemeber] and I told him if he behaves himself, maybe Santa will bring him a healthy second baseman… wanted to let him know things are going well on my end and wanted to wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

“Changing position at 34 is probably not the ideal thing to do. So I’m going to stay at second and go from there.”

“Ben Revere is pretty exciting to watch. I just watched him track down flies in center field and it’s pretty impressive.”

When told about Roy Halladay saying Chase encouraged him to drill some batters: “Awesome!” 

Carry on. 

Help Utley Rebuild His Knees

Kyle Scott - February 14, 2013

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Chase Utley needs new knees. This, you know. But while Utley, the baseball player, has avoided surgery and appears to be relatively healthy for the 2013 season, his puppy counterpart, with whom he shares a name, won’t be able to avoid the knife.

Meet Utley, the nine-month-old Shepherd mix, adopted by All-Star CB reader Erin in September. Things were great at first, but recently, Erin learned that Utley needs reconstructive surgery on both knees. It’s going to cost around $8,000, which Erin, a 24-year-old who just earned her master's degree (and all the debt that comes along with it), doesn’t have. So, she needs your help.

Erin started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for Utley’s surgery. Here's what she wrote on the site:

Meet Utley! Utley and his littermates were rescued from a shelter in Georgia by the East Coast Adoption Agency, and taken to a foster home in Cherry Hill, NJ. I adopted him in early September of 2012. He was 4 months old and the most wonderful, well behaved, and adorable puppy I'd ever seen. I’d wanted to adopt for years, and when I saw his photo online, I knew immediately that he was my boy.  I’m not the only one who thinks he is special. In fact, every day people will literally stop in their tracks to give him some love. People have even stopped their cars right on the street to roll down the window and ask about him. He's a unique, wonderful dog and I loved him from the first big wet kiss he gave me. Being a lifelong Phillies fan, I named him Utley, after my favorite baseball player Chase Utley. He is affectionately known as "UtButt" by his friends and family. I can honestly say that Utley is as well loved in our South Philadelphia neighborhood as his famous namesake is.

Unfortunately, Utley's name was more appropriate than I could have guessed. Much like Chase, Utley has struggled with some hip and knee issues in his short life. He was recently diagnosed with ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knees and needs corrective surgery so that he can rejoin his friends at the dog park and get back to fielding tennis ball grounders like a champ. I can not afford the surgery he needs. I am exploring any and all options I can to give my boy the life he deserves. Utley would benefit most from having surgery on his knees in late March or early April of this year. Each knee would cost about $4000 to repair and would give him the chance to have a much happier and pain-free life. He has brought so much joy to my life in the last 6 months and I only wish to return that favor for him.

 

And here are some pictures, to melt your heart on this 14th of February:

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And a video, BECAUSE HE’S SUCH A GOOD BOY (!!!).

Erin has already raised $2,000 in just over two days. "The generosity of friends, family, and strangers alike has been staggering," she said.

But her Twitter (@phillierin) will only reach so far, and she has a long way to go before reaching her goal. UtButt’s CB friend, Hayley, just added 50 bones to the pot to help her buddy get back on his paws. And you can do the same. So what do you say, show a little puppy love this Valentine's Day? Donate here.

An Adorable Conversation Between Cliff Lee and Carlos Ruiz, and Adorable Photos of Chase Utley

Kyle Scott - February 12, 2013

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If you felt it move, that's OK (photo via the Phillies)

Today is the day you’re angered by photos from Clearwater taken by reporters who are taking photos in Clearwater just to let you know that they’re in Clearwater, taking photos. It’s that day. Pitchers, catchers and several notables – including Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and beautiful Chase Utley – reported for duty, and there was no shortage of annoying Tweets. Among the standouts, however, were these few bits of tid from the Phillies' social media person (who, last year, mistook Juan Pierre for Ryan Howard), John Clark (who is killing it with his Tweets today), and our friend William from St. Pete Beach Photo. 

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Howard Eskin looking kewl in the background (photo via St. Pete Beach Photo)

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And therein lies the difference between Lee and Roy Halladay. No doubt that Roy has Chooch’s contract details and incentives hanging on a corkboard, likely somewhere just above his inflatable Chooch doll, at his house. But the Cliff Lee don’t care– he’d throw to a brick wall as long as it could handle his looping curve ball. Hey, you still around? Need more Adderall?*

Ruben Amaro brought his smugness to Clearwater, Also, muscles.

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Finally, more positively adorable photos of Chase Utley, courtesy of our friends at St. Pete Beach Photo, who have a few more here (1-9 are from this year).

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*Cliff Lee is one of well over a hundred Major Leaugers who are allowed to take Adderall. Carlos Ruiz, is not.

A Cacophony of Shit: NHL 94 Winner is Familiar, Beer, Ryan Lochte Remains a Douchebag, and Bikini Hockey

Kyle Scott - September 26, 2012

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Last night we held our first hockey lockout support group at Drinker’s West. What was on tap (besides delicious beers)? NHL 94. Easily the most fun tournament we’ve done. The winner was Steve Saunders, pictured in the middle, on the ground. If Steve looks somewhat familiar, that might be because you may know his dad, Tim, the radio voice of the Flyers. Yeah, that’s right– Tim Saunders' son crushed it at our NHL 94 tournament. Where you at, Jim Jackson’s kids?!

Mmmmmm, beer. 

The Constitution Center isn’t just for honoring our forefathers and Jason Richardson. No, no. It’s also there to help us celebrate our country’s history with… beer. 

Check out the awesome Bathtub Beer Fest that will take place on November 15: [Foozbooz.com]

On Thursday, November 15 from 7-10 p.m., the National Constitution Center will be hosting the Prohibition-era beer drinking party and PBW 2013 fundraiser. Until October 12, advance tickets are available online for $40 a person, which includes samples from 20 craft breweries and admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”

Read on for details and a list of participating breweries.

Modern and era-appropriate brews will be available and revelers can observe a real “bathtub brew” at the event. The open fermentation style brew will be made in homage to illegal brewing during Prohibition and will be available to drink exclusively during Beer Week. Beer will be served out of sixtels iced in bathtubs and Prohibition-era dress is encouraged.

 

Yes, please. 

Consider this my official “press credential” request to the Philly Beer Week folks, who would undoubtedly love to have Philly’s most read sports blogger come and write about his night with a dozen modern and era-specific beers.

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The folks from Phillies Nation are making the plea to keep Chase Utley at second base next season: [PhilliesNation.com]

Since the idea of moving Utley to third base next season is really picking up steam it’s worth exploring these three facts to get a better understanding of why the Phillies are even considering the idea. These facts also suggest that the team is better off leaving Utley at his natural position. The concept of playing Utley at the hot corner was certainly intriguing, and an example of out-of-the-box thinking on the Phillies part, but for now it should get shelved as an interesting idea ultimately not worth exploring at this juncture. 

 

Keep reading for the detalicals.

Today in Ryan Lochte, Douchebag: Douchebag Ryan Lochte Finds Himself in Mega Douchebag Situation with Douchebag Situation:

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Here’s a fun Michael Vick stat, courtesy of our friend Matt Lombardo, from whom we’re going to dock points for using CSN’s increasingly annoying #EaglesTalk hashtag:

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Finally, a promo video for the Bikini Hockey League, which may have to be the focus of our next hockey lockout support group. Or, we could just rent porn and drink beer.

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Ruben Amaro is Entertaining This Whole Chase Utley Playing Third Thing

Kyle Scott - September 6, 2012

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Photo courtesy St. Pete Beach Photo

Oh, so this might actually be happening.

Last week, interwebers went crazy when news broke that Chase Utley was taking grounders at third base. He did it again on Tuesday. Other than some quotes from infield coach Sam Perlozzo, though, no one from the Phillies talked about how plausible it would be for Utley to be the Phillies’ future third baseman. He played 123 games there in AAA in 2002, and had the lowest fielding percentage of his professional career– .918 (next lowest is .970). But today, in an exclusive interview with CSN’s Jim Salisbury, Ruben Amaro was surprisingly candid. And probably smug.

Will your 2013 third baseman come from outside the organization?
 
Unless we feel Chase is a viable possibility there, and we’re exploring it.
 
What do you have to see before you think he could be a viable possibility? Don’t you have to see him in a game or two before this season is over, or send him to Instructional League?
 
Maybe. That’s really up to Chase. I don’t think we would send him to Instructional League. A lot of it depends on how he continues to progress as he takes ground balls, how he feels, and how comfortable or uncomfortable he is.

Is it possible he comes to you, say on Sept. 21, and says, “Let’s give it a try?”
 
Very possible. And I may go to him and say the same thing. Of course, I don’t want to put Chase, and I don’t think it’s fair to him – we don’t want to have people put in positions to fail. We want to put people in positions to succeed. That should be our business.

And succeed?
 
I do believe so. If he’s committed and feels comfortable doing it, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt based on his athleticism and makeup.
 
If he could do it …
 
It would be excellent. But I can’t sit here today and say he’s going to be our third baseman next year. That’s not fair to Chase.

 

The fact that Ruben even approached that possibility is fairly astonishing. It makes it less of a pipe dream and more of an option. Not sure it’s going to work, though. Chase’s strength as a fielder has always been his range and ability to make somewhat spectacular plays when given an extra bounce to track down a ball. But his arm strength has always been below average, and then there was that whole 2009 NLCS throwing accuracy thing. 

It would be asking a lot of a guy to switch positions at this point in his career. Chase is a slightly different specimen, however, and probably has enough will power to not be terrible playing third. But would it work in the long-term? I asked Chase for his thoughts. He just shrugged…

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Chase Utley Taking Grounders at Third Base, Could Be Option In The Future

Ryan Gillon - August 29, 2012

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(Photo: GCobb.com)

UPDATE – 4:12 PM: Jim Salisbury tweeted this after speaking to Chase Utley.

 

Take it how you will, but this gem came across live on the air minutes ago and was tweeted by SportsRadio 94 WIP's official Twitter account.

 

UPDATE: @WIPAfternoons tweeted a photo to prove it… a bit grainy, but nonetheless:

Morning Wood: The Man

Kyle Scott - June 28, 2012

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We were so close to seeing a The Man Game last night.  

So close yet a pitching staff away.

The Man Game and, similarly, the Harry Kalas Game are defined as:

The Man: Chase Utley wins it.

Harry Kalas Game: A friend of The Man game, this is one of those games where you just wish Harry were here to call it. Not necessarily an Aaron Heilman, more like a Panamanian Punch or an I Gotchu Game, where Harry would have just loved and appropriately called the magical moment. Also can be a history-making event (Doc’s no-hitter, etc.).

 

No such luck, though, mostly because, inexplicably, the Phillies couldn’t call up one able-bodied starter from three levels of minor leagues to pitch one game. Instead, they were stuck with Raul Valdes, Joe Savery, some other slops, and Chad Qualls. Qualls is exactly the type of motherfucker who just looks like he’s going to lose when he blumbers to the mound. I remember watching some ESPN special on the 1986 Red Sox, and I don’t know if it was Bill Simmons or someone else, but whoever it was said something to the effect of: “Once Bob Stanley came into Game 6 [against the Mets], you knew something bad was going to happen. He just had that typical Red Sox loser look. Kind of sad looking.”

That’s how I feel about Qualls. 

He way too much resembles the likes of Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton and Jon Lieber. He has that Grimus, everything falls toward the mid-section pear shape… kind of dopey looking… fruity hair. It’s all there. For once, the Phillies were mounting a comeback. There was energy in the ballpark for the first time since the second inning of Game 2 of the NLDS. Chase’s knees were reattached. Quirky things (like Cliff Lee pinch hitting in the second inning) were happening. It was all ready to boil over as the Phillies pulled within one, at 8-7. 

Then, Fuckface: 

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Thanks for nothing. Phillies lose, 11-7. Chase’s 3-for-5 return? Ruined.

 

The Man

Here’s video of Chasey going yard in the first inning:

Yep.

 

The Big Piece

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He’ll begin a rehab assignment tonight in Lakewood:

Awkward was a word assistant general manager Scott Proefrock used to describe what you might see from Howard as he leaves the batter's box.

"I'm not a trainer or a doctor or anything, but from talking to Scott, it's something he has to sort of relearn," Proefrock said, referring to head trainer Scott Sheridan. "It may look awkward initially, but it's something he has to get comfortable with. It's not something that is an issue with the Achilles or anything. It's something because of the inactivity; he has to get comfortable with the explosiveness part of it."

 

Chooch, You Son of a Bitch

As pointed out by several, Jim Thome appeared to call Chooch a son of a bitch after his first inning home run:

Video via (@DCOLLINS)

 

Call Me Maybe Tweet of the Day

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The reference.

 

Mens Room Photography

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Sadly, I took two pictures in the mens room at last night’s game.

 

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Chase Utley Hath Risen

Kyle Scott - June 27, 2012

In case there is a cave in which you reside, Chase Utley will be batting third and playing second base for the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.

Meanwhile, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard (who is preparing to begin a rehab stint in Lakewood), are working out in the outfield at CBP, according to reports. Life is good. And if you aim your nose upward, crinkle it, and do a little dance, you might be able to smell hittin’ season.

Maybe.