Watch a fresh-faced Chase Utley say hello with a grand slam for his first career hit
Consistency, thy name is ... Chase?
Over the years, Chase Utley (who turned 38 on Saturday) has accomplished many things on the diamond. He's a six-time All-Star, owns four Silver Slugger Awards, won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008 and can help his pitchers heal themselves.
Before all of that, before he became known as something of a Philly sports icon worthy of a (great) cameo on "It's Always Sunny in Philadlephia," Utley was just a kid trying to make his mark on the Phillies.
Back on April 24, 2003, Utley -- then just 24, with zero career base hits at the big league level and just two at-bats to that point -- stepped into the box against Rockies right-hander Aaron Cook and clubbed a grand slam. You can replay that magical moment, which comes complete with nostalgic dugout cameos from Nick Punto and Ricky Ledee, atop this post.
Since jump-starting his Phillies career with that attention-grabbing blast, Utley's hit six more slams, including two this past season as a member of the Dodgers -- one coming in a return visit to Philadelphia, no less!
The man just has a flair for the dramatic.
It should come as no surprise to anybody familiar with Utley's style of play that the same speed with which he scurried around the bases in '03:
... is the exact kind of pace he still employs today. No letting up on the basepaths, at all, ever. Only full-effort, all-out hustle and NLDS game-ending glove-flips. There's that flair for the dramatic again.
Take a bow, Chase.