That has been a fact ever since Harry Kalas said it.
But these stories, courtesy of renowned baseball analyst and writer Peter Gammons, make Utley "The Man" that much more.
This one is just epic. It's about Utley defending a teammate but not wanting to show up the umpire in the process. So, the former Phillie disguised himself as a batboy.
Then there was a game last year in which Kershaw wasn’t getting strikes he thought he’d thrown. When the Dodgers got back to the dugout, A.J. Ellis was hollering at the home plate umpire. Utley warned Ellis not to get ejected. Chase grabbed a batboy’s skull cap, a jacket, got a towel and rounded up a bunch of fresh baseballs and went out to give the umpires the balls, which is the batboy’s job. When the umpire asked him what he was doing, Utley told him he was not going to embarrass the ump, that no one would notice he was out there, but Kershaw had to have some of those pitches. Having spoken his peace, Utley ran back to the dugout like just another clubbie batboy.
The other story involves Utley asking to be drilled by the opposing pitcher — and really, are you surprised?
But McConnell was at it again on Friday night after his buddy Saric poured in a career-high 32 points during a 117-107 win over the Bulls. Just like last time, McConnell struck during Saric's postgame interview with CSN's Molly Sullivan.
And, just like last time, Saric looked like he wanted to destroy his point guard.
The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."
Hours for the fan experience:
Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm
Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm
Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm
In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).
There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:
21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street * Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)
* 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street * Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
* 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway * Local access only
* 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place * Local access only
* Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive. * Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
* Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
* Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street * Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street * Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained * Local access to Art Museum will be maintained
* Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway * Local access after peak AM rush hour
* Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue * Local access after peak AM rush hour
* Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street * Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only * Eastbound open from 21st Street
* Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street * Local access only (residents)
* I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed
From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:
Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:
· Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.
· NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.
· The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.
· AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.
· NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.
· College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.
· NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.
· NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.
· ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.
· NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.
· NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.