Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!  I managed to get my hands on some candy before I left for London.

How am I gonna eat in this costume?

I even was able to get some Halloween doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

Time to eat the doughnuts...

Hopefully I will get some British candy to bring home and add to my candy stash.

Need more candy...

Enjoy the rest of your Halloween and stay safe everybody!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Costume

Hi everybody,

Even though I am currently on vacation in London, I still wanted to get a costume to celebrate the Halloween season and get some candy.  This year I decided to dress up as the best mascot in sports...the Phillie Phanatic.

I'm like the Phanatic's lost brother...

The costume was a little difficult to get on but I think I look pretty good.

This costume is bulky...

My pal Little Sherlock also decided to dress up as the arch-enemy of the X-Men...Magneto.  I must say that Little Sherlock looks pretty snazzy too.

Little Magneto?

Hopefully we can find some way to get our hands on some candy.

Ready for candy...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, October 27, 2017

Vacation Time in London

Hi everybody,

I'm off to London, England for vacation with my friends.  I may not be able to post much while away but you can follow all of my vacay adventures on Twitter.  Just click the link at the bottom of the page to get to my Twitter page.

Almost packed...

This doesn't seem like first class...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

2017 Little Chase Season Highlights (10-27-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's season "highlight" occurred a few months back when I decided to sneak into the CSN studios and make an appearance on Daily News Live.  My Twitter pal Amy Fadool was hosting that day and didn't seem to mind my sudden guest appearance.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Gettysburg Photo of the Month (October 2017)

Hi everybody,

This month's photo is of the monument to the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment.  The 53rd Pennsylvania fought in The Wheatfield (The Wheatfield) on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg and the monument to the regiment is located on Brooke Avenue.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Freddy Galvis Named 2017 Gold Glove Award Finalist

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Phillies shortstop Freddy Gavis for being named a Gold Glove Award finalists for the 2017 season.  The Gold Glove is awarded to players who have provided excellent defense in their position...which Galvis has given the Phillies all this past season.  The winners will be announced on November 7th.  Good luck Freddy!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, October 26, 2017

National Pumpkin Day

Hi everybody,

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy National Pumpkin Day.  I hope you all get a chance to eat some pumpkin flavored items or carve a pumpkin today.

I think this should get me through the day.....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Throwback Thursday (10-26-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is another picture from my Halloween adventures last year where I dressed up as Little Thor.  In this picture, I am just about to head out and go trick-or-treating on Halloween.  I got a lot of candy that day and am looking forward on getting my mitts on some more candy as soon as possible.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (10-25-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo of Chase is from the 2008 World Series where the Phils became the (as Harry Kalas said after the final out in Game 5) "2008 World Champions of Baseball" by beating the Tampa Bay Rays.  Chase looks to be in the middle of performing a double play.  I can't believe that it has been nine years since the Phils won the World Series.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 Little Chase Season Highlights (10-20-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's season "highlight" occurred after the Philadelphia Eagles win on opening day last month.  I decided to stop by Eagles Postgame Live on CSN and jump in front of the camera to say Hi.  The crew was so focused on talking about the Birds...they didn't even notice me.

How did I get in front of the computer graphic.....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Chase Utley is Going Back to the World Series

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate my hero (and Phillies Legend) Chase Utley for going back to the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Dodgers won the National League Championship last night (October 19th) by beating the Chicago Cubs in five games and will be going to the World Series to face the winner of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.  Good luck in the World Series, Chase....I'll be rooting for you.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday (10-19-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is another photo from last Halloween where I dressed up as Little Thor.  It sure was fun being an Avenger and I had planned to do many heroic deeds that week with my trusty hammer Mjolnir.  Unfortunately, I got hungry and decided to use Mjolnir to crack open some nuts instead.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (10-18-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a shot of Chase playing in the field wearing a retro Phillies jersey.  I would love to get a retro Phils jersey someday with Chase's name and number on it.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

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