With last year's NL MVP Jimmy Rollins being banged up and recently placed on the 15-day DL, this year's MVP has stepped up and done nothing but bash baseballs.
Chase Utley did it again last night in front of a national audience on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Against the hated Mets who had taken the first two of the series in South Philly, Chase Utley went yard twice en route to a gigantic 3-3 day with 4 RBIs to boot.
With many of the Phillies bats still being cold from a long winter, Chase has put the offense on his back this season (okay, Pat too). Chase leads all of baseball with 8 home runs and is among league leaders in hits. Nothing in the world would make me happier than to see Chase Utley turn into the next Mets killer.
Not only is Chase doing it all on the field, he's also continuing his roll as Mr. Philadelphia off of the field.
From an email I received over the weekend.
As the top seller in Utz Quality Foods’ fundraiser, Timbercreek
High School (Erial, NJ) was rewarded with a students versus teachers softball
game in Philadelphia’s FDR Park and a personal appearance from Phillies
second baseman Chase Utley, who also serves as an official spokesperson for
Utz. Chase coached the students to a 6-4 win over the teachers while signing
autographs and posing for pictures with fans. Hours later, Chase doubled and
tripled in the Phillies’ 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
When asked how he felt about sharing the Major League record
for most times being hit by pitch in a game (he was hit three times by the Mets
the previous Tuesday’s game), Chase said it was something he’s
always dreamed of doing.
Chase Utley, YOU. ARE. THE. MAN. /Harry
>>Utz Fundraising Softball Game [Flickr]