Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My New Hero: Chase Utley

by The Last Hollywood Star

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.

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