Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/18/12
Phillies_chase_utley_412e
Photo: ESPN When first learning about Chase Utley’s knee injury, most Phillies fans didn’t seem overly concerned.  As days turned into weeks, more questions came up.  Why isn’t he playing? What’s wrong with his knees? Why aren’t they saying anything?  When is he going to come back? There was no more shrugging off the injury.  Phillies fans knew something was wrong with Utley, one of the toughest, hard-nosed players in baseball. Fans were getting worried. Weeks turned into months, and still no Utley.  Finally, a timetable for his return was set.  On June 27, Led Zepplin’s Kashmir once again blasted over the Citizen Bank Park speakers. Chase Utley was back. The second baseman that the great Harry Kalas once referred to as “The Man” was back in the Phillies lineup.  It didn’t matter if he struck out or hit a home run; the fact was that he was back.  But of course he wasn’t going to strike out: Utley’s first at-bat was practically scripted. With the count at 2-2, Utley launched Pittsburgh’s James McDonald’s offering into the right-center field seats.  Utley was mobbed in the dugout with high-fives, as he gave the Phillies the early lead.  He received a curtain call, as the fans couldn’t have imagined a more dramatic return. Unfortunately, the Phillies could not hold onto the lead, and lost the game 11-7.  But it didn’t matter.  Chase Utley was back, and the Phillies are always better with him in the lineup.  He gave the fans hope and something to look forward to.  The team has a different look when Utley is in the lineup, and it was a terrific feeling to have him back and hitting homers.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michigan AD: Nike deal is largest in the country

Randy Moss beats Antonio Brown in sprints during workout

LeBron James believes his ‘legacy will speak for itself’

WATCH: Crash at Tour de France sidelines riders

Buehrle drank beer during World Series game he pitched

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Redick gives Clippers ‘F-minus’ grade for losing Jordan

Report: PGA pulls Grand Slam event from Trump course

Three things to watch for on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Pierre-Paul could face charges for possession of fireworks

Report: Warriors trade David Lee to Celtics for Gerald Wallace

Rivers believes Gates' PED use was unintentional

T.O. has advice for Donovan McNabb after latest DUI

Sonnen: McGregor is 27 pounds over his weight limit

WATCH: Connor McDavid turns heads in Oilers scrimmage

Member of Pirates grounds crew swallowed by tarp

Video allegedly shows BYU RB recruit being shot

Vin Scully teaching the history of the American flag is a national treasure

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

How the Pacers' new identity will look

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for elbow injury, shooting woes

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

Five running backs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Five RBs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

Watch to watch on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Tigers should become trade deadline sellers

JPP could face criminal charges?

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.