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?
The team doctor's aren't so sure. Joel is currently listed as doubtful for both of the Sixers games this weekend.
But that didn't stop JoJo from talking some smack with one of his favorite teammates, Dario Saric, while battling in a little one-on-one after practice.
Embiid was seen by reporters using some colorful language directed in Saric's direction, screaming "you can't ****-ing guard me!" while the two went at it.
The chatter didn't stop there. Embiid was later asked about the one-on-one and unleashed a little more on Dario.
"He don't like playing me," Embiid said. "He never wins and he doesn't handle me talking trash to him. I would love to play against him all the time because that gives me a lot of confidence beating him every day."
"It's fun playing against him. We both like to compete."
"That's my guy," he added.
And Sixers fans love them both. Let's just hope to see more of them teaming up in actual games soon.