Chase Utley will go down as one of the greatest Philadelphia Phillies players of all-time. A fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love, Utley played 12 seasons in Philadelphia. That span saw him earn six All-Star appearances and lead the Phillies to the World Series title back in 2008.
With his current Los Angeles Dodgers team taking to Philadelphia for the final time on the season, Utley is saying his goodbyes to a fan base that gave him so much.
Having just recently announced he’s going to retire following the season, Utley received a standing ovation from the normally tough crowd at Citizens Bank Ballpark Monday evening.
— Cindy Webster (@CindyWeb94) July 23, 2018
If that doesn’t get the emotions stirring, we’re not sure you’re in fact human. Right up there with Mike Schmidt as the most notable Phillies player in modern history, Utley’s importance to the organization cannot be overstated.
Prior to the game, Utley opened up about what it meant to be a member of the Phillies’ organization and how he’s feeling now that he’s set to play his final few games in Philadelphia.
Watch live from CBP as Chase Utley discusses his return to Philadelphia and his retirement announcement. https://t.co/jMQWGrOpR4
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 23, 2018
A part-time player this season, it only makes sense that the Dodgers would give the future Hall of Fame infielder a start to open the series. Good on them.