Chase Utley smack dab in the middle of a huge postseason moment?
Sounds about right.
And in the Dodgers' do-or-die Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, Utley was doing so in the most Chase Utley way possible.
You guessed it — a hit by pitch.
The Dodgers were trailing the Astros, 1-0, in the bottom of the sixth inning when Utley came to the plate with a runner on first and no outs. Down in the count at 1-2 against a dealing Justin Verlander, No. 26 took a pitch low in the dirt ... and didn't move much. Utley, as he so effortlessly but eloquently does, wore the pitch right in the foot — and didn't mind one bit.
Just look at his reaction (pictures courtesy of USA Today Images).
Not surprisingly, Utley's guile turned out to be critical in the 3-1 win to force Game 7. The 38-year-old came around to score the go-ahead run during the Dodgers' two-run sixth inning, making a little history while at it.
A baseball ricocheting off Utley is like us waking up in the morning — it's just natural. As we know, an HBP is just as good as a hit to Mr. Utley. After all, he's the Phillies' all-time leader with 173 plunk jobs.
Following this hit by pitch, Utley remained 0 for 14 this postseason.
In his mind, though, the box score will look much different.
And that's what you love about "The Man."
If you have the Internet, you have probably seen this video of 6-foot-10, 12-year-old basketball phenom Olivier Rioux yesterday. What you might not have seen are these hilarious reactions by Joel Embiid and Steph Curry.
For those of you who somehow missed the video, here it is.
Joel Embiid, your thoughts?
I can’t imagine the joy Embiid had watching this video. As someone who has, as recently as this month, dribbled a basketball off someone’s face, swatted young fans shots during promotional events and joked about dunking on 5-2 trainers, Embiid had to have enjoyed this video more than anyone. He is also one of the best trash-talkers in the game, so his comment about Rioux staring down and trash-talking his opponents is pure gold.
Steph Curry also had his say, which is what we were all thinking.
Not for nothing, Rioux shows off a few good post moves in the video and some range as well. Just imagine how much fun it must be to be allowed to play as hard as you can against opponents that you’re able to completely dominate. Obviously, things will change for the youngster when he graduates to taller rims and taller opponents, but for now, this video is awesome and I hope we haven’t seen the last of this Canadian wonderkid.
Just when you thought the Eagles couldn’t have done any better with their handling of the Super Bowl rings … it turns out they could and did.
Apparently, the Eagles used the ring ceremony to right an organizational wrong.
OK, that’s pretty cool.
Brianna’s aunt is Carol Wilson, who did indeed work for the Eagles for a really long time. In the 2012 media guide, she was listed as the “Executive Assistant to Head Coach.”
The Eagles have worked tirelessly over the past few years to clean up Chip Kelly’s mess and this is just the latest example.
There were plenty of well-wishers after the tweet gained traction. It shows how much everyone else in the organization thought of Aunt Carol.
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