Did Phillies Fans Cheer Too Much for Chase Utley?

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley waves to the crowd after he hit a grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley waves to the crowd after he hit a grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

It wouldn’t be a sporting event in Philadelphia without a fan controversy.

This one was different, though. Instead of an incident involving a boorish fan that people needed to condemn — or explain — Philly fans are now in trouble for cheering too much. Cheering too much! This was a weird one.

It involved Chase Utley. He made his return to Philadelphia for the first time since the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers last season. Utley is no longer the player he once was; he’s been a below-average hitter this season. But against the Phillies last night, he looked like the Chase of old. He hit two homers, including a grand slam, in the Dodgers’ 15-5 destruction of the Phillies.

And, after both home runs, he was cheered. Extensively. And got a curtain call out of the dugout each time. It caused a bit of concern. Analyst (and former player) Marlon Anderson said on the postgame show it was disrespectful to Phillies pitchers to cheer the opposition so much. “Was it OK to cheer?” was the topic of discussion on Breakfast on Broad. Sports talk radio is buzzing. People are talking about it on Twitter. Was the cheering too much? Read more »

Chase Utley Returns to Philadelphia Tonight as a Dodger

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It seems like it was just yesterday when you could walk out your door, go to breakfast at Morning Glory and run into Chase Utley.

But those days are long gone. The Phillies, while improving, are not the team they were 10 years ago or even five years ago. And Chase Utley was traded to the Dodgers about a year ago. He even put his Gladwyne home, where Allen Iverson also once lived, on the market.

Tonight, though, Utley returns to Philadelphia as the Dodgers play the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since the trade. “It’s going to be good to see them, shake some hands, say hi, but once the game starts, it’s all business,” Utley said before the Phillies played the Dodgers in Los Angeles last week. Utley homered against the Phillies in his first game. Read more »

Utley Puts All-Star Home on the Market

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1432 Monk Rd., Gladwyne, PA 19035 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

So who will be the next famous athlete to live in this modern-Colonial hybrid in Gladwyne?

We’re not saying that the next owner will definitely be a famous athlete, but two of the last three owners were. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley purchased this home, which was built in 1998, in 2013 for $2.325 million from its then-owner, who bought it in 2006 from retired 76ers star Allen Iverson for $2.85 million. Utley then gutted it and renovated it in a more contemporary style. Read more »

MLB Drops Chase Utley Suspension

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Seems like only a few days since we told you that Major League Baseball is adopting a new “Utley Rule” to prevent hard, injurious slides at second base — you know, the kind former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley used to break Ruben Tejada’s leg last year during the playoffs.

The league said last fall that Utley — now a Dodger —would be suspended two games for the wipeout, but there’s been a change of heart. Baseball officials said Sunday the suspension is being lifted, the  reports. Read more »

MLB Changes Sliding Rules Because Chase Utley

Remember the time Chase Utley left the Philadelphia Phillies to chase the playoffs with the Dodgers, got to the playoffs, then ended Ruben Tejada’s postseason with a really, really hard slide?

Major League Baseball certainly does.

ESPN reports that MLB and its players’ union have agreed to a ban “rolling blocks” meant to break up double plays — a development that will almost certainly be known henceforth as the “Chase Utley Rule.” This, even though Utley’s original slide wasn’t exactly deemed legal; he was suspended two games, after all. Read more »

This 2016 Phillies Wall Calendar Has So Many Ex-Phillies

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With 2016 less than two months away, we’re approaching peak calendar season — the time of year when empty mall storefronts become pop-up calendar shops, and you consider buying a wall calendar even though you only really keep track of your time with a digital calendar, if at all. Then you pick one up because they make great Secret Santa presents!

Anyway, I’d avoid this particular Phillies calendar made by Turner Licensing if you’re buying one — unless you’re buying a calendar for a sadist. Not only is since-traded Phillies ace Cole Hamels on the cover, but the calendar is full of former Phillies. Read more »

Mets Fans Chant “Utley Sucks”, but He Doesn’t Play

Our old pal Chase Utley has been in the news quite a bit this week, after his takeout slide at second base broke Ruben Tejada’s leg and helped the Dodgers even the National League Division Series against the Mets. New York hosted L.A. at Citi Field in Queens last night, and Mets fans had something to say to Utley.

Utley, who was suspended for two games but is eligible to play while he appeals, did not start and did not enter the game. He reportedly was offered a 1-game suspension as a deal, but turned it down. He could have just taken the suspension, not played, and he wouldn’t have to worry about appealing! Instead, Utley and the Dodgers chose a suboptimal strategy.

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Will Climate Change Drown Philly?

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Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.

Parts of Philadelphia could drown if the world doesn’t finally reduce carbon emissions.

Glub glub. A new report from Climate Central in Princeton finds that “some 156,000 people, or about 10 percent of the city’s population … are living in areas that would be below the high-tide mark at some point in the next century if carbon emissions remain at about current levels.”

“Philadelphia has a really big problem under the worst-case scenario but a very small problem under the best case scenario,” Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central, told StateImpact Pennsylvania. “That’s why the stakes for Philadelphia are higher than almost any other American city in the difference between what happens if we cut carbon emissions and we don’t.” Read more »

Utley Suspended for Controversial Slide

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The Dodgers’ Chase Utley has been suspended two games for a controversial slide that broke the leg of Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada.

He left town at midseason in a trade, but you’d think Chase Utley was still a member of the Phillies, given how much support he received from Philadelphia fans over the weekend after the slide that broke Tejada’s leg. Nationally, a debate raged over whether Utley played dirty or just hard, but Philly consensus seemed solidly on Utley’s side.

Major League Baseball disagrees, announcing that Utley will be suspended Games 3 and 4 of the National League Divisional Series. He’ll appeal, AP reports. “A two-game suspension for a legal baseball play is outrageous and completely unacceptable. Chase did what all players are taught to do in this situation — break up the double play,” his agent said. Read more »

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