Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 20 (Chase Utley Edition)

The Daily Numbers: 13 seasons as a Phillie for Chase Utley, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night.

2003, when Utley broke into the Phils’ lineup at 2nd base.

.282 career batting average.

233 home runs.

916 Runs Batted In.

1,623 hits.

.301, what Utley hit during 5-year span when Phils took NL East crowns from 2005-2009.

29 homers and 101 RBIs, what he average during that span.

.262 postseason batting average.

5 home runs vs. the Yankees in the 2009 World Series.

.217, what Utley was hitting this season.

.484, what he was hitting after returning to the team after a stint on the disabled list because of a sore ankle.

5 NL East titles, 2 NL pennants, 2 World Series appearances.

1 World Series championship over they Rays in 2008.

1 hellacious championship parade 2 days later.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

There are now just two players left from that 2008 World Series championship team, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

I Don’t Get It: It’s the way sports works, the fall after the rise to great heights. It doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye.

Today’s Upper: Utley’s style of play and his quiet way of doing it is what cemented his reputation with Philly fans.

Quote Box: “World Bleeping Champions.”

- Utley, famously summing things up during World Series Championship celebration in 2008.

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