Once The Man; Always The Man

I’m in the business of words, but sometimes words simply aren’t necessary, so I’ll keep this short. When Chase Utley was traded a year ago, we ran a series paying tribute to our fondest memories of his Phillies career. You can find that series here — Utley Retrospective — if you want to read about Harry Kalas giving him his legendary nickname or one of the greatest plays in World Series history or moments when he lived up to hype in the most remarkable of ways.

As you know, last night was his return to Citizens Bank Park and I find myself speechless. There’s genuinely nothing left to be said about his Phillies legacy. He was a legend before last night’s game and he would’ve remained¬†a legend this morning whether he went 0-for-4 or 5-for-5. Of course in retrospect, it feels entirely natural that he came in, put on a show, and became one of the few (if not the only) to receive three standing ovations and two curtain calls in a visiting stadium. But I’ve already written enough words. It was a moment beyond sense and coherent thought. It was a moment for feeling. So here’s the video for you to enjoy and feel whatever feelings you like, whenever you like:

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  1. Greg

    August 17, 2016 03:55 PM

    “Of course in retrospect, it feels entirely natural that he came in, put on a show…”

    Wish I would’ve figured this and picked him up for my fantasy team. Still, great to see that sweet stroke launching balls our of CBP again…

  2. Major Malfunction

    August 17, 2016 04:28 PM

    That game was fun to watch even though they took an absolute beating. It was like Utley of yesteryear minus a red uniform.

    But getting back to reality, Utley would have had equal success if they would have taken one of the cheering fans from the crowd and let him/her pitch. That bullpen was just awful.

    Still was an exciting game to watch.

    • Romus

      August 17, 2016 05:42 PM

      MajMal….still hear the first 8 bars of Zeppelin’s Kashmir in my head.

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