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Chase Utley gets last laugh with angry Mets fan on New York radio show

Chase Utley gets last laugh with angry Mets fan on New York radio show

Chase Utley responding to New York fans who don't care for him has a long tradition of fantastic responses.

Remember when the boos rained down at an All-Star Game in New York during player introductions? Utley wasn't having it.

"Boo?" Chase said aloud, followed by a now infamous colorful response that was captured by the television cameras and microphones.

It's the stuff of legend. Perhaps the second-most famous F-bomb of Utley's career — WFC forever.

Well for whatever reason, Utley found himself on the receiving end of more Mets fan ire on Wednesday morning when he was a guest on the Boomer and Gio show on WFAN to chat about the Phillies-Mets rivalry.

Utley now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in an advisory role but the bulk of his conversation with the New York radio crew revolved around the old rivalry.

He touched on the incident in which he broke Ruben Tejada's leg. Utley says he may have gone a little bit lighter knowing he broke a guy's leg, something he never wants to do. Chase says he reached out to Tejada via David Wright but Tejada never responded.

"I wanted to talk to him, he didn't want to talk to me. I sent him a very nice bottle of tequila to say sorry," Utley said.

Perhaps the most entertaining bit from Utley's segment came when a caller went hard at the legendary second baseman. It came after Utley spoke about the juice in the rivalry.

"I loved playing against the Mets," Utley said. "The atmosphere was great. They were intense, they were loud, they obviously didn't like us. That created more adrenaline. That can elevate your game a bit."

Cue up a call from Cali in Connecticut.

"Mr. Utley, I do appreciate you working with dogs and kids. I've heard about that. Good for you," she begins. "That's the last thing I'm going to say I respect about you."

"Doesn't really seem like you care about anything. I just want you to know as Mets fans, how annoying it was to come and watch you. I respect that you're a good player, I understand that, but when you took out my shortstop in the playoffs, that wasn't about talent, that was just being dirty. I don't care how much you tell me that was you being old school, that was just you being dirty because that's what you do."

"Thank you, Cali. I appreciate it. See ya, sweetheart," Utley responded.

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The caller that ripped into Chase on the radio is the kind of person who refers to the City of Brotherly Love as "Philthadelphia," so take that for what it's worth.

You can listen to the full segment below:

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

In another sign that he's likely to return to managing in the majors in 2020, Joe Girardi stepped down as the manager of USA Baseball, the organization announced Wednesday.

Girardi, who is believed to have met with Phillies officials Monday, is a strong candidate for multiple open manager jobs. The Phillies are interested, and the Cubs and Mets appear to be hot after him as well.

Girardi is the overwhelming fan choice to manage the Phillies. It's hard not to see the appeal of his combination of experience, blend of new school and old school and track record of winning. Phillies fans seem to prefer Girardi to Buck Showalter, whose teams haven't advanced as far in the postseason.

Girardi has played things differently this year than last. He had two interviews for the Reds job last fall but pulled himself out of the process, saying it wasn't the right time.

Now, he wants to manage. And the openings this time around are more appealing — three major market clubs in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. The Mets do not spend to their market size but the Phillies and Cubs have done so in win-now periods.

It is much more likely that the Phillies would be forced into a bidding war for Girardi than for Showalter because of the number of interested teams.



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Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

The first of the eight manager jobs open across Major League Baseball to begin this offseason has been filled.

The Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday announced the hiring of Joe Maddon. Maddon's contract is reportedly for three years. A native of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Maddon has a long history in the Angels organization. Between 1975 and 2006, Maddon played and managed in the team's minor-league system, served as a coach with the Major League club and assumed the role of interim manager.

Maddon has a 1,251-1,068 record as a manager in the major leagues. He led the Tampa Bay Rays to an American League pennant in 2008 and skippered the Chicago Cubs to a World Series in 2016, their first championship since 1908. Maddon will take over an Angels team that finished 72-90 in 2019, led by two-time MVP Mike Trout.

Though Maddon might have appeared to be an attractive name for the Phillies job, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker are the only candidates known for the position at the moment, according to Jim Salisbury. Baker is meeting with Phillies officials Wednesday, and a hire could come quickly, per Salisbury (see story).

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports Showalter was the runner-up for the Angles job.



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