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Chase Utley Returns!!!

Chase Utley in the red pinstripes of the Philadelphia Phillies. Courtesy of Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America.

Although he is playing for a team other than the Phillies, Chase Utley will be welcomed back with open arms as he returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since departing Philadelphia. Akin to when Jimmy Rollins returned with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it is expected that the crowd in South Philly will embrace him with nearly the same passion they did in his 12 years in the red pinstripes. While the crowd may not be as large as it once was, we should still consider Philadelphia to be Utley’s real home. After all his battles with the other teams in the NL East, and winning a World Series in ’08 to proclaim that we all were “World. F******. Champions.” To even playing as hard as he possibly could when most “experts” were saying that his knees were slowly failing him, Chase Utley was Philadelphia. A hard nose, no nonsense player who wouldn’t take losing lightly, and would strive to be the best, even if the rest of the team wouldn’t or couldn’t.

PHILADELPHIA, PA -JUNE 27: Chase Utley #26 and Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies shake hands before the start of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 27, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pirates won 11-7.  (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies/Getty Images)

Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins performing their pregame hand shake. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies/Getty Images)

We will all remember the plays of clutch home runs at Shea, Citi Field, Turner Field, and of course Citizens Bank Park. We will remember him somehow making a fake throw against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series, and managing to throw home to get Jason Bartlett to preserve a 3-3 tie in the top of the 7th inning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32BSSvmtsFQ). There is one more thing to remember though. The Man is not done yet, and while he isn’t having his best year at age 37 with the Dodgers, he will still give 110%. True, Chase Utley is in the twilight of his career, but there is no place like Philadelphia, and it is certain he will give his all in his return to the city he once called home.

Although he may be wearing Dodger Blue. Welcome Back Chase Utley, Welcome Home.

Author: Elijah Tatgenhorst (Email: elijah.mysportingedge@gmail.com)

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