Chase Utley wasn't the biggest or fastest player.
He always found advantages, though, through preparation and guile, outsmarting the opposition and capitalizing on the finest of details.
Phillies fans will never forget the fake throw to first to then nab Jason Bartlett at the plate during Game 5 of the 2008 Fall Classic, such an Utley-type play on the night the city was crowned world champions of baseball.
And how about the moment in 2006 when Utley was bestowed his famous nickname? "Chase Utley, you are the man!" the great Harry Kalas said after No. 26 raced home from second base on a high chopper to the mound.
Everyone knew Utley's smarts would make him a great coach.
They would also make him a hell of an analyst.
Fans will get the pleasure of hearing Utley provide his insight this season out in Los Angeles. It was announced Wednesday night that the retired second baseman will join SportsNet LA in studio for a few Dodgers games.
Utley joked that he'll need some pointers from retired Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.
Imagine putting those two together in the broadcast booth?
Now that's talkin' ball.
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