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.
I shall wear this nonsensical t-shirt to celebrate Chase Utley today pic.twitter.com/lXBiffU13n— dhm (@dhm) July 13, 2018
Chase Utley, always The Man!— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) July 13, 2018
(Phillies Fans, ur gonna want the 🔊on for this) pic.twitter.com/itbSicOXdl
Indeed, will ALWAYS be “The Man” and a Phillie! Thank you Chase ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KeunJEAvyf— Claire (@TheQueenBTW) July 13, 2018
Chase Utley pic.twitter.com/G2JQ2SbWdW— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) July 13, 2018
Chase Utley, thank you for everything. Seriously, you don't want what you mean to me and the city of Philadelphia. You Are The Man!— Mike Wright (@MWright1313) July 13, 2018
You know how to tell Chase Utley had an amazing career? Take a look at all the beat writers of opposing teams and their absolute hatred of him today. The dude is a legend. #ChaseUtley pic.twitter.com/21Ubab51Q8— Mike Menzel (@Mike_Menzel) July 13, 2018
The Man. pic.twitter.com/AcM1cskmdT— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 13, 2018
No one will ever replace the part of my heart that is owned by Chase Utley. https://t.co/1PocMIVdMw— J (@Jessiemarie789) July 13, 2018
The #Phillies play the #Dodgers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at home. Needless to say I'm going to see Chase Utley and hear his Kashmir walk up music one more time at Citizens Bank Park.— Jeff McMenamin (@SixersBlog) July 13, 2018
What a pleasure it has been over the years to watch him play. World F*@king Champions.
Has anyone ever retired as a member of the Phillies and owner of the Mets? Asking for a friend?— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) July 13, 2018
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.