Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Larry Bowa Named Senior Advisor to Phillies GM Matt Klentak

Hi everybody,

Phillies legend Larry Bowa was named a senior advisor to the Phils GM Matt Klentak last Friday (October 13th).  Bowa has been the Phils bench coach for the last four seasons and managed the team from 2001-2004.  Congrats on your new position, Mr. Bowa!  I'm glad you will still be with the Phillies!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Little Chase Season Highlights (10-13-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's season "highlight" is from the announcement I made a couple weeks back on Twitter of the inclusion of myself and my pal Secret Squirrel (Secret Squirrel Twitter) as DLC (Download Characters) in the WWE 2K18 video game coming out today.  Play as us in the game and win the WWE Tag Team Titles.  That's what I am planning to do.



Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Charleston Photo of the Month (October 2017)

Hi everybody,

This month's Charleston photo is a picture of a bakery that my friends and I visited while in Charleston last year.  Brown's Court Bakery was a short walk from our hotel and had great coffee and baked goods.  I may have to stop there on my next trip to Charleston to get another cup of Joe and a pastry.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday (10-12-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is another picture from last Halloween when I dressed up as Little Thor.  In this shot, my friends had just brought over some Halloween themed Krispy Kreme doughnuts and I was about to have some.  Those were some pretty good doughnuts.  I hope I can get some this month.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (10-11-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo of Chase is just a cool shot of my hero and Jimmy Rollins out in the field during a day game at Citizen's Bank Park.  I wouldn't be surprised if this is part of the pregame ritual that Chase and Jimmy did before each game.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Three Players Removed From Phillies 40-Man Roster

Bye Ty...
Hi everybody,

The Phillies removed three players from the 40-man roster last week and those players have elected to become free agents.  The players removed were utility player Ty Kelly, starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez and relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist.  I wish Kelly, Alvarez and Siegrist the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Odubel Herrera Chosen As Phillies Nominee for 2017 Hank Aaron Award

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera for being selected as the Phillies player up for the 2017 Hank Aaron Award.  The Hank Aaron Award is given to the top offensive player in both the American and National Leagues.  The award will be presented to the winners during the World Series.  Congrats for being chosen as the Phils player up for the award for the second straight season, El Torito!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, October 6, 2017

2017 Little Chase Season Highlights (10-6-17)

Hi everybody,

With another season of Phillies baseball in the rear view mirror....it's time to start posting the 2017 Little Chase Season Highlights.  Once again I have been busy during this Phillies season doing various wacky antics.  Some of these "adventures" may be known and some may not.

So on every Friday for the next couple months...I will post a new pic of a different 2017 "highlight".  I hope you all enjoy my adventures and if you want to check out my 2015 and 2016 adventures, just click on this link (Little Chase Season Highlights).

My first "highlight" happened a few months back after I either had a few too many drinks at my saloon or ate something funny.  I'm not really sure how I arrived in 1984 inside the original Transformers cartoon but I managed to float by Optimus Prime and Megatron on my little raft while they fought on Sherman Dam.  I'm not sure what happened next but it was a really odd day.

More than meets the eye....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday (10-5-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is a picture of me dressed as Little Thor from Halloween last year.  This pic was taken when I first tried on the costume and assumed the identity of Little Thor. You all can see my further adventures as Little Thor throughout October in the Throwback Thursday posts.

I look both tough and snazzy....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (10-4-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a cool promotional pic of what I believe is the 2010 Phillies.  That was Doc's first year with the Phils and the season he pitched both a complete game and a no-hitter in the playoffs.  I really miss seeing Chase, J-Roll, Big Piece, Doc and Cole in Phils uniforms.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, October 2, 2017

Chris Wheeler Announces Retirement From Phillies After 47 Years

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to mention that former Phils broadcaster and goodwill ambassador Chris Wheeler has announced his retirement from the Phillies organization after 47 years of employment.  Wheeler (better known as Wheels) did broadcasting for the Phillies from 1977 to 2013 before becoming a goodwill ambassador for his final three years with the team.  Before his broadcasting career, Wheeler worked in the Phils public relations department.

I just wanted to share Wheeler's reaction to the winning call of the 2008 World Series by Harry Kalas...which was just as great as Harry's amazing call.



Good luck in all your future endeavors, Wheels!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Phillies Get Third Pick in 2018 MLB Draft

Hi everybody,

One of the few benefits of having one of the worst records in baseball this season is getting the third pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.  The Phillies got the third pick with their 66-96 record.  I hope this pick in next year's draft will help the Phils in a few seasons when they are contenders again.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Pete Mackanin Will Not Be Returning as Phillies Manager in 2018

Hi everybody,

The Phillies announced on Friday (September 29th) that Phils skipper Pete Mackanin was taking a new position in the organization next season as the special assistant to General Manager Matt Klentak and will not be the manager next season.  Mackanin had a record of 174-238 in his 2 and a half seasons as the Phils manager.  The Phils have not yet named Mackanin's replacement as skipper.

Mackanin received a well deserved standing ovation by both the fans and players during yesterday's season finale against the New York Mets.  Good luck in your new role, Pete!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Time to Put My Phils Jersey Away

Hi everybody,

With the 2017 season coming to a close...it's time for me to put my Phillies jersey away.  Will still be watching playoff baseball and rooting for Chase as well as watching other Philly sports but this time of year is always a little sad for me.  I'll miss watching the Phils every night.

We'll still have some fun on the blog though and before you know it...it will be time to put that Phils jersey back on again.

See you in 2018 Phillies....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Final Chase Utley Dodgers Stats for the 2017 Regular Season

Hi everybody,

Here are Chase's final batting stats for the 2017 regular season:




Games Played = 127
At Bats = 309
Runs Scored = 43
Hits = 73
Doubles = 20
Triples = 4
Home Runs = 8
RBIs = 34
Walks = 32
Strike Outs = 57
Stolen Bases = 6
Caught Stealing = 1
Batting Average = .236
On Base Percentage = .324
Slugging Percentage = .405
On Base + Slugging Percentage = .728


Chase's numbers are fairly consistent with last month.  I hope Chase can get on a hot streak in the playoffs and get to the World Series.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

2017 NL East Final Standings

Hi everybody,

Here are the final standings for the NL East this season:



NL East                                      W         L         PCT          GB

Washington Nationals             97        65         .599            --
Miami Marlins                           77         85       .475            20
Atlanta Braves                          72        90        .444           25
New York Mets                         70        92        .537           27
Philadelphia Phillies                66        96        .407           31


The Phillies ended the season with five fewer wins than last season but were much improved after the All-Star break.  Although they finished in last place in the division...I think things are looking up for the Phils in 2018 and beyond.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 162: Mets (70-91) at Phillies (65-96)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

New York Mets:                          0
Philadelphia Phillies:                11

SP:   Nick Pivetta

WP:   Nick Pivetta (8-10)


RBIs:*

Maikel Franco = 3 (76)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (34)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (56)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (65)
Nick Williams = 3 (55)

* An additional run scored due to a throwing error in the 4th inning

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (24)
Nick Williams = 1 (12)**

** Inside-the-park Home Run in the 8th inning

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (85)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (67)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (58)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (37)
Nick Williams = 2 (45)
Maikel Franco = 1 (66)
Andrew Knapp = 1 (26)
J.P. Crawford = 2 (8)
Nick Pivetta = 1 (3)


The Phillies finish the season with a 66-96 record and that my friends is that.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 161: Mets (69-91) at Phillies (65-95)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, September 30th:*

New York Mets:                          7
Philadelphia Phillies:                 4

* Extra Innings (Game ended in the 11th)

SP:   Henderson Alvarez

LP:   Adam Morgan (3-3)


RBIs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (73)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (33)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (64)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (48)

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (23)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (84)
Maikel Franco = 1 (65)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (12)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (71)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 160: Mets (69-90) at Phillies (64-95)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, September 29th:

New York Mets:                          2
Philadelphia Phillies:                 6

SP:   Ben Lively

WP:   Ben Lively (4-7)


RBIs:*

Maikel Franco = 2 (72)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (54)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (14)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (32)

* An additional run scored in the 3rd inning due to a balk

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (22)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (5)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (9)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (83)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (70)
Nick Williams = 1 (43)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (66)
Maikel Franco = 1 (64)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (11)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, September 29, 2017

National Coffee Day

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to wish you all a very happy National Coffee Day!  Hope you all get to enjoy a great cup of Joe today....and maybe a couple donuts!!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday (9-28-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is the last installment of Fried Chicken Month.  This photo was taken at a Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits in Virginia while my friends and I were driving to the Outer Banks for vacation in 2013.  Bojangles' has some of the best fried chicken around in addition to delicious chicken sammiches and biscuits.  That was a good meal.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

National Drink Beer Day

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy National Drink Beer Day!  I hope all you adults get a chance to have a cold one sometime today...but do drink responsibly.

I hear the best place to get a great beer at is LC's Saloon.  What a classy joint LC's is plus the bartender/owner is one of smartest and best looking guys around. :-)



Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 159: Nationals (95-62) at Phillies (63-95)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Washington Nationals:                      5
Philadelphia Phillies:                        7

SP:   Mark Leiter Jr.

WP:   Yacksel Rios (1-0)
SV:    Hector Neris (26)


RBIs:*

Jorge Alfaro = 2 (13)
Aaron Altherr = 2 (63)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (53)

* Two additional runs scored in the 2nd inning (Double Play) and
   8th inning (Fielders Choice)

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (42)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (36)
Aaron Altherr = 2 (57)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (65)
Ty Kelly = 1 (11)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (9-27-17)

Hi everybody,

With the Phillies season winding down this week....I figured I'd share a photo of Chase tipping his cap to the Phils 2017 Season.  As for Chase's season, it will continue into the playoffs where I wish him well.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 158: Nationals (95-61) at Phillies (62-95)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Washington Nationals:                      1
Philadelphia Phillies:                        4

SP:   Jake Thompson

WP:   Jake Thompson (3-2)
SV:    Hector Neris (25)


RBIs:

Tommy Joseph = 1 (69)
Cameron Rupp = 2 (34)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (47)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 2 (69)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (55)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (51)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Game 157: Nationals (94-61) at Phillies (62-94)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Washington Nationals:                      3
Philadelphia Phillies:                        1

SP:   Aaron Nola

LP:   Aaron Nola (12-11)


RBIs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (52)

Home Runs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (14)

Runs Scored:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (64)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chase Utley Returning to the Postseason

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate my hero and former Phils 2nd baseman Chase Utley for reaching the postseason for a third year in a row with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Dodgers captured the NL West Title this past weekend and is the third straight year they have won it with Chase on the team (2015-2017) and five season in a row total (2013-2017).  Congrats again Chase and good luck in the postseason.  I'll be rooting for you.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 156: Phillies (61-94) at Braves (70-83)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   2
Atlanta Braves:                             0

SP:   Nick Pivetta

WP:   Nick Pivetta (7-10)
SV:    Hector Neris (24)


RBIs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (70)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (61)

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (21)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (82)
Maikel Franco = 1 (63)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 155: Phillies (61-93) at Braves (69-83)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, September 23rd:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   2
Atlanta Braves:                             4

SP:   Henderson Alvarez

LP:   Luis Garcia (2-5)


RBIs:*

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (46)

* An additional run scored in the 5th inning due to a passed ball

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (41)
Maikel Franco =1 (62)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 154: Phillies (61-92) at Braves (68-83)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, September 22nd:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   2
Atlanta Braves:                             7

SP:   Ben Lively

LP:   Ben Lively (3-7)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 2 (52)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (81)
Cameron Perkins = 1 (9)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, September 22, 2017

Gettysburg Photo of the Month (September 2017)

Hi everybody,

This month's photo is of the monument to the First Vermont Brigade.  The Brigade was held in reserve during the Battle of Gettysburg (stationed near Little Round Top) but during the course of the Civil War had the highest casualty count in the history of the United States Army.  Here is a link to learn more about the actions of the First Vermont Brigade during the Civil War:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Vermont_Brigade


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Phanatic Attempts to Woo Dodgers Sideline Reporter Alanna Rizzo

Hi everybody,

Throughout the Phillies-Dodgers series, the Phillie Phanatic has been attempting to woo Dodgers sideline reporter Alanna Rizzo (Phillie Phanatic Finally Got A Date With Alanna Rizzo).  The Phanatic used his incredible charm throughout the series but Ms. Rizzo seemed uninterested.

Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter)
Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter) 
Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter)
Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter)

Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter)

The Phanatic finally got Ms. Rizzo to agree to a lunch date with the best mascot in baseball yesterday and he went all out on trying to impress her.

Photo by Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama on Twitter)

Unfortunately things went downhill for the Phanatic from there.

Whoops...

True love???

Not sure if the Phanatic will get another date but Alanna Rizzo was definitely a good sport.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 153: Dodgers (96-56) at Phillies (61-91)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Los Angeles Dodgers:                    5
Philadelphia Phillies:                      4

SP:   Mark Leiter Jr.

LP:   Ricardo Pinto (1-2)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 2 (50)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (45)

Home Runs:

Nick Williams = 1 (11)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (80)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (67)
Nick Williams = 1 (40)


Chase didn't have any hits but he's still my hero.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday (9-21-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is another chapter of Fried Chicken Month and is picture of the rainy day that I was in Thurmont, Maryland.  Thurmont is important because they have a Roy Rogers...which has some of the best fried chicken around.  You can be certain that I ate a lot of chicken on that otherwise dreary day.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 152: Dodgers (96-55) at Phillies (60-91)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Los Angeles Dodgers:                    5
Philadelphia Phillies:                      7

SP:   Jake Thompson

WP:   Luis Garcia (2-4)
SV:    Hector Neris (23)


RBIs:

Tommy Joseph = 2 (68)
Andrew Knapp = 1 (13)
Aaron Altherr = 4 (60)

Home Runs:

Aaron Altherr = 1 (19)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (22)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (78)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (66)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (34)
Aaron Altherr = 2 (54)
Tommy Joseph = 2 (50)


Chase hit a triple, scored a run and got an RBI

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (9-20-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a shot of Chase fielding a ball just as he's about to throw to either first or second base.  It's even possible that this could have even been a part of a double play.  I think that I'm just going to assume it was.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 151: Dodgers (96-54) at Phillies (59-91)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Los Angeles Dodgers:                    2
Philadelphia Phillies:                      6

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Aaron Nola (12-10)


RBIs:

Rhys Hoskins = 4 (43)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (51)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (56)

Home Runs:

Aaron Altherr = 1 (18)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (77)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (63)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (52)
J.P. Crawford = 1 (6)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (10)


Chase had one hit and one RBI.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase