Sports Illustrated on Chase Utley, last night's Philadelphia Phillie hitting star:
If some Phillies do lack big league industriousness... Utley is beyond reproach, conspicuous in his effort. The 27-year-old second baseman dives for all grounders in his zip code. He grinds out at bats and bursts out of the box as if someone had fired a starter's pistol, even when he's not trying to extend a hitting streak.
Former Phillies' manager Larry Bowa says, 'He plays every game like it's the seventh game of the World Series.'"
["Grime Pays", by Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, August 14, 2009]
I'm rooting for the Phillies and for all around good guy Utley even though it puts me in the awkward position of also have to pull for Pedro Martinez who I incorrectly predicted---not once but twice---would be a total bust.