Tag: Chase Utley

Focusing On The Positive

You guys, Chase Utley and the Phillies have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension. Yay!!!!!!!

Yes, I know Utley is old and injury-prone (and if I didn’t I have Jim Salisbury to remind me). But here’s the thing: I don’t care. I cannot and will not be rational about Chase Utley; he’s my favorite baseball player and it would kill me to see him in another team’s uniform. Like Ruben Amaro, Jr., I want Chase Utley to be a Phillie for life. And it looks like I’m gonna get my wish 🙂

Until tomorrow.

That Was Fun

Kratz. Your. Hands.

Do it.

Don’t mind me, I’m just riding the high that is the Phillies beating the Braves in extra innings. That will never not be fun. And thank God for Erik effing Kratz, man. He hit a game-tying home run in the ninth off Craig effing Kimbrel. (Kimbrel blowing saves against the Phillies is also always awesome.) And the fact that he was even in the game to hit that homer after this collision with Larry Jones is nothing to sneeze at. When Kimbrel came in for the save I resigned myself to losing. I was even preparing to watch Awesome Emma’s player interviews over at ZooWithRoy to cheer myself up. (Seriously though, watch them. They are adorable. And ohmigod, Chase Utley, swoon!) But then Kratz tied it up. And Mayberry went all Yayberry in the tenth. And Papelbon pitched a perfect inning for his 250th career save. (Phillies wins that end on Eric Hinske swinging strikeouts are also the best thing ever. Don’t believe me? Watch below.)

Sure the game ended about an hour ago, but I’ve spent the intervening time watching random live videos of Brand New on YouTube. Which is, of course, one of my favorite hobbies. There’s just so many of them. And most of them are awesome. This was a truly fabulous way to end the day.

Until tomorrow.

What A Day

Man, today has consisted of massive amounts of suck. Starting at 12:30 in the morning, when I turned the TV on to watch Craig Ferguson. Except, instead of seeing Neon Trees on Letterman, I saw Jake Gyllenhaal (this will probably be the only time I ever complain about seeing Jake Gyllenhaal on TV). Apparently the RNC requires the local news to bloat from half an hour to an hour (because, obviously, a thing which lasted 10 minutes yesterday required 30 minutes to discuss). And if that had been the only problem I encountered while trying to watch Ferguson, it would’ve been fine. But the second Ferguson started it appeared that the person pushing the buttons at the local CBS affiliate had no idea what he or she was doing. Technical difficulties out the ying yang. My personal favorite was during the monologue, when the screen went black for God knows how long and then they started the tape over at Letterman. And proceeded to fast forward all the way through Letterman. I’d never seen my TV fast forward before when it wasn’t my DVR in use. And I have no idea what we learned on the show last night because when 2 AM rolled around the person pushing the buttons decided that, by golly, they were going to start the repeat of the 11:00 news on time. Who cares about the Ferguson fans who were completely screwed by his or her incompetence?

So that was a whole lot of “fun.” The same way that tonight’s Phillies game was “fun.” Man, that was brutal. Especially the 8th and 10th innings. I am so glad that I watched most of the game on mute. Then I made the mistake of going on Facebook and saw the most ridiculous shit from one of the morons I went to high school with. But more on that at another date.

Okay I cannot post this without adding something positive. I mean, today wasn’t all bad. For instance, today brought us this amazing Zoo With Roy post. Which is only a teaser for the video awesomeness to come. (By the bye, those pictures of Chase Utley with Awesome Emma? I die.)

Until tomorrow.

Month In Review: June

Wow, we are nominally halfway through the year. Where has the time gone?

  • Take better care of myself. I’m like a broken record with this, but I can once again only give myself partial credit for this. The month started on the right track. I was more or less eating right and I even exercised a couple of times, but then my birthday happened. And instead of being inspired to take better care of myself, I was inspired to eat as much junk food as possible. Not to mention all of the extra calories I’ve been consuming in the shape of frappuccinos and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and free sodas in the break room. I’ve already decided that I’m going to get serious about this after the Fourth. But in the meantime, I have a bunch of junk food in my house that I have to eat. (I can’t just let it go to waste, you guys.)
  • Read every day. I was really quite smart when I came up with these resolutions, giving myself some that would be easy and others that wouldn’t be so easy. This is one of the easy ones. (Going in to this year I thought it would be the only easy one.) I only read 2.5 books this month, but that included 2 Austen novels: Northanger Abbey (which is great) and Mansfield Park (which is awful). (I’m now halfway through my Austen re-read and I ordered the books so that I’ll read 2 great ones, 2 bad ones, and 2 great ones. I’m also interested to see if my opinion of any of the books changes this time around, but that hasn’t been the case so far.)
  • Blog every day. This is my other easy resolution, even though I was afraid it would be quite difficult. When I really stop and think about it, I am pretty shocked that I’ve managed to blog every day. But I really like blogging. I mean, how else could I ever justify spending hours on YouTube looking for Chase Utley videos?
  • Work on my house. Yikes. Does selling old textbooks and DVDs to Amazon count as working on my house? If it doesn’t, then I haven’t done a thing for my house this month. At this point I don’t even care if asking my mom to help clean my house makes me a bad person, it has to be done.

Holy crap, I just looked at a calendar and there are only three weeks left in the semester. And I will have a lot of assignments due. This will adversely affect my blogging, but I will try to post every day. Thank God my boss asked me to take next week off.

But my reward at the end of July will be a trip down the shore. I’ve already got my plane tickets to Philly for the last weekend of the month. Can’t wait!

Until tomorrow.

Apotheosis

What did you do for Chase Utley Day?

I began the day by obsessively checking social media for official word that he was, in fact, being activated from the DL today. Once it was officially official, I was able to relax a little bit and search the Interwebz for some Chase Utley greatest hits (as it were). Like this video of one of my all-time favorite Harry Kalas calls. (Seriously, watch it because it’s awesome.) Oddly, though, I found myself spending more time on interview-type moments instead of on the field moments. For a guy who is well-known for a kind of antagonistic relationship with the media, he does have some awesome on camera moments. Like this one

And this (NSFW) moment will always be special to me. It wasn’t technically an interview, but he was on live TV.

Seriously though, everything about the (infamous) “world effing champions” line was amazing and perfect. I actually watched it live (online). I know every Philly news station was carrying the victory parade live (and without any sort of a delay – whoops) and I think most of them were also streaming it online. I spent hours sitting at my desk at my first crappy Tampa temp job, watching (and sometimes just listening) to the 6ABC stream. It was glorious.

But the weirdest thing I did to celebrate Chase Utley day was buy a Led Zeppelin greatest hits record. Now, I don’t like Zeppelin and I never have, but AmazonMP3 picked the absolute perfect day to offer said greatest hits record for $2.99. You see, I had a $1 credit for AmazonMP3. And I did have this overwhelming desire to listen to “Kashmir.” (Especially since they never played it at the Threshers game last week.) Sure, I could’ve just spent the buck on “Kashmir,” but it seemed silly to waste the chance to pay $1.99 for 23 “extra” songs.

(It occurs to me that you might not know what the hell Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” has to do with anything. It is and always has been Utley’s walk-up song. To the point that Twitter exploded during his first at-bat tonight because they didn’t play “Kashmir” at CBP.)

So why did I name my second Chase Utley post in as many days “apotheosis?”

Have you read the Dan Brown books about Robert Langdon? If you have, you probably know that apotheosis means deification or god-making. (Does apotheosis come up in all the Robert Langdon books or just The Lost Symbol? It’s been so long since I’ve read any of them that I can’t remember.) And that is absolutely the thing that Phillies fans do to Chase Utley. Especially the past two years when he has started the season on the DL.

He is seen as a bit of a savior for the team. He certainly seemed like one tonight when he went yard during his first at-bat of the year! (And I see you in the dugout, Ryan Howard, about to start a rehab assignment!) And then Chooch followed with a home run of his own. Man, the first inning was fun. The rest of the game, not so much. But whatever, it is June 27th and Chase Utley is back in red pinstripes and that is freaking awesome!

And I need to go to bed 😦

Until tomorrow.

Happy Utley Eve

This is a legit holiday for Phillies fans, you guys.

And this was one of those boring days where nothing inspired me to write, so you get me blabbing on about Chase Utley some more.

He went 2-for-5 with a home run for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs. And if all goes according to plan he will be back in red pinstripes tomorrow! *Kermit flail*

Needless to say, this is great freaking news 🙂

It’s almost as exciting as the shots of him doing fielding work at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. In a sleeveless t-shirt. Oh my God, his arms. Look, I’ve had a thing for Utley forever (dudes with dark hair and light eyes are kind of my type), but he’s even hotter now. Just sayin’.

Y’know, Utley was the reason I finally caved and bought MLB.tv last season. He was making his season debut, it was about a month before my birthday, it seemed like an awesome early birthday gift to myself. And it was.

Oh yeah, and the Phillies won as well! Chooch is on another tear. As of right now he leads all of baseball with a .361 batting average. And he’s still third in All-Star voting. That is downright shameful.

Alright, I’m tired, it’s almost midnight, and I haven’t read anything yet today. (I’m currently re-reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park if you’re interested.) I am off to bed.

Until tomorrow.

Yeah Buddy!

I’m exhausted, but I have to quickly share what I did this evening.

I went to my first ever Threshers game. There was this guy playing second base. I think he has a lot of potential. Name is Utley or something.

Batting third and playing second *swoon*

I’ve wanted to go to a Threshers game for years and my favorite player making a rehab appearance seemed like a good reason to go.

I took a handful of pictures with my iPhone. Most of them aren’t any good, but I ran a couple through Instagram and they aren’t too bad.

In the on-deck circle in the first inning.
First at bat. (Hello, high socks.)

Yeah, I pretty much only took pictures of Chase Utley. Don’t judge me. Although I was also really stoked that Jesse Biddle started the game. And I hadn’t known who would be pitching before we got to Bright House Field.

Jesse Biddle and Chase Utley in the field.
I don’t remember what inning this was, so let’s say it was just before his two-run homer 🙂

The Threshers game was a great time. And ridiculously cheap. I paid less than $12/ticket (including all fees) for the good seats. It’s such a shame that Threshers games are so poorly attended. But I did learn a valuable lesson tonight: I could’ve purchased the even cheaper berm tickets and still chosen seats behind home plate. I didn’t see a single usher. My mom and I even sat almost exactly behind home plate for the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the on-deck circle in the eighth inning.

Utley was pulled after the eighth inning, so he never got that last at bat. But he went 2-3 with a home run. And he made a couple of good plays in the field. These are all incredibly encouraging things 🙂

Plus, the Threshers walked it off in the ninth! And not to be outdone, so did the Phillies! In fact, both teams won on walk-off errors. It also marked the first time all season that the Phillies successfully mounted a late-inning comeback. On June 20! But I will take it, I will take it, I will take it.

Crap, it’s late. Must go to bed.

Until tomorrow.