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Video: Chase Utley’s Last Return To Philadelphia Earns Standing Ovation



When Chase Utley started playing baseball in Philadelphia, I was still a college kid. He’s in his final year of baseball now – and I am a (young, ahem) dad of two. It’s amazing how fast time has flown by. Utley stepped into the batter’s box at Citizen’s Bank Park on Monday night and received a startling ovation from his former home crowd 13 seasons.

This is one of those special moments in baseball that gives you chills. A moment that needs captured forever on video, so we’ll do that right here:

Emphatically, that’s worth a second watch. And a third. It’s one of those unscripted moments in a baseball season that won’t show up in a box score, but will be carved into your memory bank forever. Especially if you’ve followed the long career of Chase Utley, one that is that of a fringe Hall of Fame player.

Utley homered 233 times in a Phillies uniform, and sported an OPS of around .850 in the City of Brotherly Love. He went 0-for-4 in the Dodgers 7-6 win on Monday night, but that didn’t matter. Utley was easily the most loved man on the field, and that should continue all series.

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  1. Imagine being a Dodgers fan in another town. Imagine sitting in Citizens Bank Park the night Chase Utley returned for the first time. Imagine being at the game when he hit two homers against the hometown team and received standing ovations for each.
    I was that Dodgers fan, and it’s even better when you’re there.

    • That’s amazing Mike… thank you for sharing a great post with us about your experience. What that must have been like!?! I can’t imagine it

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