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.
He'd love to get another superstar in on the fun as well.
Deal. Hey @MikeTrout you want in on this? I know I can’t throw as fast as you but I think you would be impressed with my speed. I like your hair. These are all the things we can talk about and more. See you in 2020! https://t.co/oqJlmdS7BJ
The 2008 Phillies were the first team many people ever saw actually win anything in Philadelphia. And for that reason they are an incredibly beloved bunch.
Nobody more so than Chase Utley.
Utley hung up his cleats at the end of the 2018 season to spend more time with his family. But with the special occasion of The Man turning 40 years old, a bunch of the old band mates got back together.
They even made special shirts for the now old Man too.
Former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard shared some photos from over the weekend to his social media accounts. Cole Hamels and Pat Burrell were among the many people celebrating Chase turning 40.
The group also wore t-shirts with a sleeveless Utley pictured with the text, "Old guys rule."