Chase Utley is "The Man."
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?
Check that one out and more in Gammons' terrific piece right here.
As for No. 26, thank you for being you.
h/t to NBC's HardballTalk
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. Markelle Fultz already has taken care of one key aspect of living in Philadelphia.
Fultz stamped off on Larry’s Steaks as his favorite. The Maryland native had visited Philadelphia many times before being drafted by the Sixers and had done his own scouting.
So it wasn’t a question of where he gets his cheesesteaks, but how he orders them.
“Actually, I do it a different way,” Fultz said. “I usually get chicken and steak. I just get lettuce and a little bit of onions. Just a basic Philly cheesesteak.”
Fultz also credited his mother for her cheesesteak savvy.
“I’ll be stealing like half of hers,” he said.
The Sixers provided Larry’s Steaks cheesesteaks to the media following Fultz’s introductory press conference.
It's a tradition unlike any other.
After a player gets drafted, he gains thousands of new fans and new followers on social media, many of whom decide to go back in time to learn a little more. Oftentimes, these hunts through Twitter history unearth a few posts that probably should have never happened or have been deleted a long time ago.
Enter Flyers draft pick Morgan Frost.
The Flyers traded with the St. Louis Blues to select the 18-year-old Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night and immediately, this Tweet surfaced — which has now been deleted.
Life comes at you fast, Morgan.
On that night, the Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals, 7-0, in a game that included a late melee in which Brayden Schenn, involved in this trade, received a game misconduct and goalie Ray Emery traded barbs with Braden Holtby.
In another Tweet, Frost was critical of the move the Flyers made to sign Vinny Lecavalier.
Born in Barrie, Ontario, Frost can root for any team he wants growing up and fans should probably give him some slack on these tweets surfacing, but a message to everyone on the night before you're going to get drafted: go through your feed and delete anything that could find its way onto this blog.