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Chase Utley booed in his first rehab game

Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Man, Clearwater can be tough:

The crowd is thinning here at Bright House Field as the game heads to extra innings, but a few of the fans that remained booed Chase Utley after Tampa Yankees lefty Rigaberto Arrebato struck him out to end the bottom of the ninth inning.

Arrebato got Utley to swing through an offspeed pitch and the boos followed.

Yes, he had a bad day: 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. But mercy, it’s his FIRST GAME ALL YEAR. And it’s a freakin’ rehab game in Florida. You’d think he’d be cut some slack.

  1. 12strikes - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    ” And it’s a freakin’ rehab game in Florida. You’d think he’d be cut some slack.”
    Yea.. this include Baseball Blog writers posting stories about the 1st rehab game.
    Oh wait… The writer is Craig, and the story is about the Phillies…. Never mind… It makes sense now.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Yes, because I’m the one who reported this and not the Philadelphia Inquirer. Your own paper thinks it’s newsworthy enough.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Did you ever read some of the crap they put in the Inky? Good lord, don’t go off aligning yourself with them.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        It is newsworthy because it is Chase Utley playing in a real game. That’s the main story, and how he faired (badly) against single-A. Your post looks like the main point of the story was that he got booed. That part is not that newsworthy, but it’s the focus of your re-tweet.

      • 12strikes - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        True… But I’m reading your site, not the Inquirer’s.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Maybe some of them are Philadelphia fans sent down to rehab at Clearwater after substaining alcohol-related injuries?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Where do I go to get *those* ARD sentences: ” you are sentenced to a trip to Florida and forced observation of Single A baseball”

    • carlosruiz51 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Just getting ready for when he comes back up North.

  3. El Bravo - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/13/mens-journal-survey-a-j-pierzynski-is-baseballs-most-hated-player-philly-has-the-most-obnoxious-fans/

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      We all know it was Ole’ Gator Booing the Pheelies.

  4. Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Damn you Floridians!!!! Leave Chase alone!!!!

  5. makeham98 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    When your job is evaluated on web hits and not the quality of what you write, you can either write articles that have interesting content. . . or provoke a fan base that thinks you’re not that talented and bait them.

    • jrd8523 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      If somebody can be provoked by this than they have the mind of a child. Are some of you really suggesting that he should have just wrote an article about Utley getting back into action and not included any details so as to not provoke people who cant handle it? Man up and deal cry babies.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      It kind of seems like Craig is sticking up for Utley here.

      Conversely if he did not post about Utley finally playing in a game there would be uproar since Craig would clearly be acting disrespectful to the Philly faithful by not posting news about their team and/or players.

  6. chew1985 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    We know Chase’s response to boos…check out the 2009 All-Star game clip on YouTube.

    And nobody will be booing him in a few months when he slowly becomes the best DH in baseball after being traded to an AL team once the Phillies give him time to prove he can {at least} still handle the bat.

  7. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    First game all year, not the first game of his life. That’s a pretty bad outing against single-A pitching for anyone, let alone Chase f***in’ Utley. His 3rd K of the night came with a runner on 1st in the bottom of the 9th. How many players don’t get booed for a night like that?

    Also, whether it is the case or not, fans feel like Utley hid the extent of his knee issues this year from the Phillies. Utley was once untouchable, he never did wrong. Now there’s a bit of unrest and impatience. Clearwater has a lot of Philadelphia sports fans. You combine that with his play Tuesday night and you get boos.

    • zakharovsa - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Hey guess what , a major league player on a rehab assignment is probably more concerned with testing his body against live pitching than helping an A-Ball team win. If you boo one of the greatest players in recent Phillies history because he had a bad night ON A REHAB ASSIGNMENT, you’re a tremendous moron. End of story.

      And Phillies fans, Craig will probably stop baiting you when you stop rising to the bait literally 100% of the time. You make it too easy. It could be worse – imagine if Ryan Howard were on the active roster continuing to provide fresh material.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        So craig baits philly fans to get a response and if we stop responding he won’t post anything about philly? Youre saying it’s Ok to poke fun all the time, a lot of the times unwarranted, but not ok to defend yourself? Yes, I’m in the wrong, not at all Craig.

      • CJ - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        his point is if no one responds to it, then it becomes old hat and won’t drive up page views and Craig will find another fan base to provoke.

        While that’s true, that flies in the face of Philly fans’ thinking (not because we’re dumb, just passionate), so it’ll never happen. And round and round we go.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Can’t this whole baiting and response “thing” be looked at as good old fashioned ribbing, and actually fun? I don’t know about the rest of those commenting here, but I personally enjoy it all. No need to point a “wrong” finger at Craig or Phillies fans for responding. All in the name of entertainment folks. Let’s not get angry over ribbing on your favorite sports franchise folks, and I’m sure Craig likewise won’t get mad when the ribbing goes back at him.

      • zakharovsa - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        I get the impression that Craig sees it as ribbing a fanbase that happens to get easily riled. However, Phillies fans here tend to react to the slightest comment as if Craig had personally insulted their mothers, and suddenly the top-5 commented posts are all Phillies related.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        What the hell did you say about my mother???

      • 18thstreet - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Phillies fans have mothers?

      • alang3131982 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        Who else are they going to marry?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Agree Jonny, but we know better than that. Fan = fanatic, after all.

  8. nolanwiffle - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Citizens Bank Park – South……gotta get Chase accustomed to the phun-loving phans.

  9. randygnyc - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    This story warms my heart. Hopefully the booing crushes Utley’s fragile spirit and he decides to hang em up.

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    “BOOOOOO, YOU SHOULD BE HITTING HOME RUNS EVERY AT BAT AFTER NOT PLAYING FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME WHILE BEING VERY HURT AND REHABBING!!! BOOO!!!!”

  11. natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I thought that getting booed in the minors was just part of the Phillies’ insructional program for young players. Get them used to the booing they’ll get at CBP.

    • schmedley69 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Kind of like Nats minor leaguers playing in front of empty seats. Get them prepped for Natitude Park.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

        Here’s a clue. The seats in Nats Park are starting to fill up. The Nats front-runners are starting to appear. With schools letting out, there will be even more butts in seats.

      • cleverbob - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        Too late, the reputation has been cast in stone. Prepare to wallow in it for the next 5 decades.

  12. cleverbob - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Minor league baseball fans in Florida are the worst!

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