It's no secret around here that I love Chase Utley, as do many of you fine Phillies fans. And we all miss him a lot. This season, he's resurged, and he looks like the Chase from years past. In 44 games and 184 plate appearances, he's hitting .296/.386/.453.
That fantastic batting line includes Utley's explosion against the Mets last night, where he trolled the team and their fans in the most incredibly Chase Utley way possible.
The Mets have been honoring their 1986 World Series champion team all weekend, and before last night's game they had a special on-field ceremony for all those memorable stars. So Mets fans were pretty riled up. In the top of the third inning, Noah Syndergaard threw a pitch behind Utley. Whether it was intentional or not is up for debate, considering the history the Mets have with Dodgers, and with Utley especially, but it happened.
Syndergaard says it was warm out there, got a little sweaty. "One that got away from me."— Andrew Beaton (@andrewlbeaton) May 29, 2016
And the umpire didn't think twice -- he tossed Syndergaard immediately.
Noah Syndergaard walks off to a standing ovation after 2.1 IP. Citi Field is hostile territory right now.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 29, 2016
As you know, this is exactly the atmosphere that Chase Utley thrives on. In the top of the sixth inning, the crowd at Citi Field was chanting "HIT HIM! HIT HIM!" What do you think Chase did next?
YOU BET HE HIT A HOME RUN. SHUT UP METS FANS, SHUT UP TO HELL. THAT IS WHAT YOU GET FOR CHANTING "HIT HIM" AT CHASE FREAKING UTLEY.
Do you think Utley was done? HE. WAS. NOT.
GRAND SLAM I MEAN OH MY GOD. And I'm not the only one who reacted that way.
Kershaw reacts to Utley grand slam. pic.twitter.com/ZlB9cG1PlL— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) May 29, 2016
Clayton Kershaw's disbelief is all our disbelief. Here's the video of all of Chase Utley's heroics last night.
He trolled Mets fans SO HARD and it feels SO GOOD to watch him do that. He may be a Dodger now, and there may be some new history between him and the Mets, but all that trolling just shows me that Utley is still a Phillie in his heart and in his soul. I'm sure Dodgers fans enjoyed the show Utley put on last night, but Phillies fans may have enjoyed it even more. He was ours to begin with, and he will always belong to us.
Chase: we love you, we miss you, and THANK YOU for that master class in trolling.