Watch Out for Chase Utleys Other Superpower: The Death Stare

Watch Out for Chase Utleys Other Superpower: The Death Stare

We all knew Chase Utley had superhuman abilities. He goes
from first to third faster than a speeding bullet, his swing is more powerful
than a locomotive, and it can lift baseballs into the upper deck in a single
bound. But here’s one you may not have known about: the ability to paralyze with
his stare alone.

Philly Mag’s Robert Huber wrote a lengthy piece for April’s edition that delves into “The Real Chase Utley” (via Phillies Nation), giving us a more
personal look inside the second baseman’s background, his rehabilitation from
various injuries, the intensity he brings to the diamond, and family life and
fatherhood. It’s a great read about one of the city’s favorite athletes.

We’ve all heard the guys in the clubhouse say Utley is the
unquestioned leader, that sometimes he doesn’t have to say anything to get his
point across, but how? Finally Utley’s secret was revealed: the stare. Huber
remarks that if a teammate is giving anything less than 100%, Chase will be
waiting for them with that look.

“The Whip”—that’s what pitcher Cole
Hamels calls him, and it’s something they all agree on. [Former Phillies
outfielder Aaron] Rowand would watch Chase give the stare-down to, say, Shane
Victorino when he wasn’t hustling. Sometimes Chase doesn’t say a word. Other
times it’s a simple, “If you don’t want to play, get out of the game.” To which
Shane Victorino, hurt and groping, would say, “I better never see you slacking.” Which was pretty
funny. Chase, slacking? It’s why the stare is almost always enough. The Whip.

Just how powerful is Utley’s gaze? It even works on his
wife.

He’s a guy so consumed by playing
that when his wife, Jen, asked him if he was worried that his troubled knees
were putting his career in jeopardy, he just looked at her silently. “I got a
death glare—a murderous glare,” she says. “I don’t want to see that again.”

Opposing pitchers would be mindful to keep their eyes on their
catcher and not on Chase Utley when he is standing at the plate, otherwise he might
persuade them to throw him his pitch. Incredible forces have been at work already
through nine games this season, as Utley is batting .333 with seven runs, nine
RBI, and two bombs.

>> The Real Chase Utley [Philly Mag]

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Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.