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Fans react to news of Chase Utley's retirement

Fans react to news of Chase Utley's retirement

On Friday, beloved former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley announced he will retire at the end of the season in order to spend more time with his family (see story). His contract was slated for another year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Utley will end his career at the culmination of this season, his 16th in the majors.

For fans, this marks the end of what was an incredible journey with Utley. The love felt for Utley is clear from the reactions across social media. Here are some of the ones that best speak to Utley’s mark on Philadelphia. 

The Dodgers will play in Philadelphia in two weeks, opening the series July 23 at 7:05 p.m. Fans will have one last chance to see him play at Citizens Bank Park. Then, we wait for a potential Hall of Fame announcement.

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EA updates Nick Foles' Madden player rating after Eagles appeal

EA updates Nick Foles' Madden player rating after Eagles appeal

Who says nothing good happens on Twitter?

After Eagles fans were upset about low ratings for many of the team's players, including Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, the team's official Twitter account made an appeal to the makers of the game to adjust their ratings.

Some on Twitter noticed that Foles' catch rating was a paltry 32 while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's catch rating was a 39. Perhaps you watched Super Bowl LII in which Brady DROPPED A PASS while Foles caught a TOUCHDOWN that will go down as one of the greatest plays in Philly sports history.

Here's the Eagles initial appeal to EA Sports:

EA then put the play under review:

And voila!

What does this mean? Probably not much but it is another small victory for Nick Foles — a man already known for his winning.

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Now is a fun time to look back at Chase Utley's history of tormenting Mets

Now is a fun time to look back at Chase Utley's history of tormenting Mets

Chase Utley torturing the Mets — a tradition unlike any other.

It's like Philly's favorite pastime.

There will be no more of it after the 2018 campaign as the 39-year-old Utley announced Friday night that he will retire at season's end (see story).

Mets fans haven't cheered this hard all season.

Think the Phillies' ticket office is a little busy right now? In 10 days, the club welcomes the Dodgers to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series July 23-25. And while those are the hottest dates right now among the Utley devotees, don't forget Sept. 3-5 — his final, sweet goodbye to the Mets. That series will be played at Dodger Stadium. Man, if only it was at Citi Field — Utley's home away from home.

Still, it should be fun. Would anyone be surprised if Utley scripted one last memory into his Mets scrapbook?

No way, not when the guy has a résumé (let's assume baseball players have these) that likely states "proficient in making life miserable for the Mets' organization and its fans."

Some of the job's details …

• Hitting 39 career home runs vs. the Mets, most against any opponent.

• Hitting 14 career home runs at Citi Field, most at any ballpark outside of CBP and Dodger Stadium, obviously. In fact, No. 26 has put so many baseballs into the right-field porch of Citi Field that the section has earned the nickname "Utley's Corner."

• Delivering one of the biggest knockout blows during the Mets' epic 2007 collapse, which beautifully coincided with the start of the Phillies' greatest era in franchise history, featuring five straight NL East titles, two NL pennants, a World Series crown and a club-record 102-win season. Utley's pump of the fist on that late August day was special considering his uncanny go-about-your-business persona seldom slipped.

• Tying Willie Mays for eighth all-time in dominance of the Mets.

• Oh, and driving then-Mets manager Terry Collins up a wall. That was a delight.

Let's provide the context:

Remember when Noah Syndergaard whizzed a 99-mph pitch behind Utley's back during a May regular-season game in 2016? It was obvious retaliation stemming from Utley's hard takeout slide in the 2015 playoffs that resulted in a broken leg for Ruben Tejada. For those that know Utley, there was no malicious intent. He simply plays hard.

But anyway, Syndergaard was ejected and Collins went bonkers. You can watch here, but a warning that the video contains profane language. It also shows just how much Utley was in the heads of those Mets.

When it looked like things would escalate, Utley, cool as a cucumber, signaled to his bench as if to say: Stay back, I'm good.

He was better than good.

Utley went on to smack two homers, one being a grand slam, and the Dodgers rolled the Mets, 9-1.

It was just another day of Utley owning the Mets.

We'll miss it.

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