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Chase Utley: Phillies fans booing doesn’t help

Chase UtleyPhiladelphia sports fans are notorious for their harsh behavior. They boo their own players, they boo opposing players, they hassle family members, and they’ll even boo Santa Claus if they feel up to it. But one thing that makes the booing worse is if players complain about it, because then it seems like the athlete is too weak to handle the pressure.

Chase Utley didn’t come out and say he couldn’t handle the boos, but he did say they don’t help.

The Phillies second baseman went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in Philly’s 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. After the game, he was asked by Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen of 94.1 WIP about the crowd at AT&T Park, and that prompted him to voice a complaint about Phillies fans.

“Obviously, they have a great fan base out here, they’re into the game, obviously booing us. But that makes it exciting,” Utley said of the Giants fans. “The last few games at home we didn’t play that well, the fans let us hear about it, and it doesn’t boost your confidence that way.”

Here is the audio via Crossing Broad:

You got that, Philly fans? We know you’re not going to change the way you operate, but Utley has made it clear that the boos do not help. The Phillies lost back-to-back games to the Miami Marlins over the weekend, so we understand the fans’ frustration. But they have won two in a row against the Giants, and Utley is looking good again after three straight injury-plagued seasons.

Utley’s comments really shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, remember what he said in 2008?

Stephen Strasburg hits Chase Utley, Roy Halladay throws behind Tyler Moore

Roy-HalladayRoy Halladay has better control than most starting pitchers in baseball, but at least one pitch got away from him during Wednesday’s spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Or did it?

Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley in the calf with a pitch in the third inning. Halladay responded in the fourth by throwing behind Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore.

“Yeah, that slipped,” Halladay said after the game.

The right-hander then elaborated, basically admitting that he was sending a message.

“We do need to protect our guys to an extent,” Halladay continued. “I’m not saying that’s what happened — it slipped — but I think that’s important. We’ve had a lot of guys hit over the years and I think as a staff we need to do a good job of protecting those guys. Spring training I don’t think you’re necessarily trying to do it, but it wouldn’t have been the worst thing had (the pitch hit Moore).”

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Chase Utley Faked Hit-by-Pitch and Scored Illegitimate Run

In the same inning that the Phillies busted open Game 2 of the NLDS thanks to a critical error by Jay Bruce, they were also the recipients of a few other nice breaks. Second baseman Chase Utley led off the 7th against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman. Chapman went up and in on Utley on an errant pitch and Utley was awarded first after acting like he was hit. The trajectory of the ball did not change after crossing the plate, nor did it appear as if Utley was even grazed by the ball. Still, he pulled a Jeter and acted like he got hit and was awarded first. Let me just say that if Utley were indeed hit by a 100-mph pitch, he would not have recovered as quickly as he did. In case you haven’t seen the play, judge for yourself courtesy of this gif from SB Nation:

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Asked after the game if the pitch hit him, Utley responded “I’m not sure.” I think that settles the matter.

But that’s not the end of the bad calls from the inning!

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Chase Utley Channels Pedro Cerrano

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And when you’re in a slump like Chase Utley, you’ll do anything to break out of it. Though Greg Dobbs and Brad Lidge were vague answering questions about the display inside the Phillies’ clubhouse on Wednesday night, The 700 Level and SI’s Hot Clicks leads us to believe that the voodoo arrangement below is the handiwork of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley:

I don’t know about you, but that design sure looks like something out of the Blair Witch Project. From what we can tell there’s fruit, a red bull, and batting gloves inside the bat triangle but no sightings of Jobu. Utley’s last home run was on May 20th and he’s only had three extra base hits since then, seeing his average drop almost 50 points. With the amount of video he watches and the level of preparation he puts in, you have to figure he’s due to break out of the slump voodoo or not. At least his wife should be pleased that this is his idea of a slump buster.

Sources:
Moyer in NYC: Phils Get Their Voodoo On? [The 700 Level]
Real Life Pedro Cerrano [SI Hot Clicks]
Video Credit: CSN Philly

Video: Chase Utley Drops F-Bomb in Victory Parade Speech

For anyone who heard Chase Utley drop an f-bomb on the baseball fans that booed him in the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, the speech he delivered Friday in Philadelphia would not be surprising. For those who did miss that window into his personality, the following video is probably pretty astounding. This is All-Star second baseman and World Series champion Chase Utley addressing thousands of Phillies fans in person, and several more thousand on live TV. Warning: the language by Utley and the fans is strong.

OK, a few things. I’m not sure who has the balls (stupidity?) to say something like that in front of all the kids at the stadium, not to mention all those watching on TV. Secondly, judging by the way Jayson Werth jumped up behind him, it seemed as if Utley had won a bet with his teammates by saying the F-word. Lastly, is there anything more emblematic of Utley and Philly fans than those three words? I think not. The fans sure ate it up!

Chase Utley Tells New Yorkers **** You for Booing Him at Home Run Derby

Classic moment at the Home Run Derby introductions tonight. Chase Utley was the second player introduced by ESPN’s Chris Berman. I couldn’t really hear the crowd noise too clearly, but they must have been booing because it produced a pretty clear response from Utley:

Absolutely priceless. Maybe some guys would come across as jerks for that, but not Utley. Completely fits his persona.

The Secret Behind Chase Utley’s Success

I always thought guys at the Major League level make it to that point and stay there because they work hard. Sometimes I even chuckle at TV and magazine fluff pieces that try to convince you how hard team A or player B works; they all work hard, practice hard, and try hard, don’t they? We only hear about players working hard when they’re performing well. Richie Sexson may be batting .200, but he’s watching video, I’m sure. You know? Anyway, that’s what I’ve always thought. But maybe, just maybe, the All-Stars are better because they work harder. Maybe Chase Utley does indeed prepare more than the average ballplayer. Check out his routine:

Video via the Philly Phanatics over at The 700 Level. Now some players may get to the park early, but they’re there to screw around. Seems like Utley not only arrives early but that he makes good use of his time devising his approach at the plate. And most impressively, he’s done this since signing his big contract. Many players have a tough time keeping their focus after seeing all that green.