Chase Utley, You Are the Man

Chase Utley, You Are the Man

Chase Utley strolled back into town yesterday to speak to the media and the fans of Philadelphia.  Utley may never have to worry about a paycheck for the rest of his life, but his hard working attitude hasn't changed a bit.

Utley, looking rather dapper while wearing suit, said all the right things.

  • “My plan is to stay a Phillie for life”
  • “As far as leadership goes, I’m going to continue to play the way I have,” he said. “I think a good leader leads by example. A contract isn’t going to change that. It’s not going to change how I perform, it’s not going to change how I prepare, [and] it’s not going to change how hard I play. It’s not going to change anything like that.  [The contract] obviously gives me some security but that’s all it gives me. I’m going to work hard to try and improve every year. It’s going to be no different from here on out.”
  • So with the team that has begun to take shape and a new seven-year deal in tow, Utley’s prediction for the Phillies is just as any one would expect: “The sky is the limit.”

Utley's lovely wife, formerly Jennifer Cooper, was on hand for the press conference and answered some questions herself.  She said that the new payday won't change a thing about how Chase prepares himself on the baseball field.

More on Utley over at Balls, Sticks, & Stuff including links to watch the press conference and the original story behind the title of this post.

And with that, we'd like to show you an old video which we just discovered.  The pairing in this video isn't completely arbitrary.  It involves a former Philadelphia one hit wonder who also happened to play baseball at UCLA.  "I'm used to dealing with a crowd of 80,000.  Home or away, against me or for me, you know what I'm sayin?  This gonna be pretty easy.  I got the players out here, once they see the guns.  The intimidation factor sets in."  FredEx isn't thanking his hands for being so great after his BP performance in this one.

I learned this morning it was actually FredEx who introduced Utley to his now wife Jennifer back when they were at UCLA together.

Oh how the tides have changed.  Freddie was the people's champ after 4th and 26, now he's... well, we don't know what the hell he's doing.  Chase Utley was a promising prospect and now he's one half of the dynamic duo that will lead Philly out of sports purgatory.

*WARNING: Freddie Mitchell takes his shirt off* 

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.