Utley: World [Expletive] Champions!

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, October 31, 2008 08:00 PM | Comments: 87
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The video of the day — of the year.

Some might make a stink about this, but Chase says it with such sincerity that you have to excuse it and appreciate it. Plus, look at the reactions from Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, among others. They’re floored. Their little unspoken leader made a big statement.

Mike Missanelli on 950 AM ESPN Radio made a stink about this, saying it was wrong with all the children in the crowd. You know what, they hear so much worse these days. Who cares about this? This was great.

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  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Like others have mentioned, I saw the celebration live and when Utley said those words the entire stadium rose in an ovation and the players also reacted. Even J Roll mentioned he did not know how he was going to follow that up. Those reactions are testament to the fact that in that one moment in time that word captured all that they were feeling.

    We need to remember that so called “curse” words carry much more emotion to them than your usual words. When the Phillies won I called my friends and yelled out exaclty what Chase did and we all cheered. It was because the F words had that emotion, that strength to express the raw, boundless, happiness I had at the time being. Just saying “I’m very happy” was not enough. I’m not the type to use that word all the time but at that moment, like Chase, its the one I needed.

  • Posts: 0 T Marty

    Bob, you gotta calm down, my man. Did you hear me when i said i don’t like to swear, and it offends me when others do? i resent you saying stupid, ignorant, no-class jerk. i didn’t say it, i don’t own the darn shirt, if i did purchase it, it would be for sleep wear. i would never wear something like that outside. Go rant at Chase, not a wholesome phan.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    They say that people swear when they don’t have the vocabulary to use a better word but so f*cking what, worse things have happened on a baseball stadium.

  • Posts: 0 Drew

    Oh relax… it’s just a word. That one word summed up almost all of the fans and teams emotions waiting 28 years to be World Champs again. Kids will eventually learn that word and it was not a disgrace at all. Chase is as good a role model as any. I think some people just have such boring lives and way too much time on their hands that they have nothing better to do than complain all the time. Bob, it’s 2008… come join the rest of us.

  • Posts: 0 Matthew

    best moment of the year. chase was not the only person to scream those words all day, any kid who was there probably heard those words a hundred times before chase said it. we love it in philly, so why don’t all you non-philly fans let us enjoy this the way we want to!

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    The objection expressed here from posters I believed is not the profanity itself (considering the emotions of the moment) but the inappropiate use in a public place where parents and their children are in attendance. Common sense, judgment and awareness of locale should should have given Utley a pause for thought before uttering the F-bomb.

  • Posts: 0 DD

    I agree 100% Bruce. I couldn’t help but think of Jamie Moyers’ children who, no doubt like the rest of us, adore Chase Utley. It really puts us in a quandry. I often cite Chase as an example of someone who always gives everything that he has in every game and hustles every play. He is a player that is worth every penny to go to the park and watch. Now, that example comes with “baggage”. That is the shame of the choice of words.

  • Posts: 0 Mickey D

    There’s a time and place for everything. I laughed, but I’d rather see ‘em keep it clean for the kids. Life goes on. That F-bomb isn’t nearly as alarming as the behavior of Manny, for example. Actions speak louder than words… oh well.

  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    I totally object to the shirt. it’s not something you should wear, didn’t mind him in the spirit of his joy saying it but the shirt no.

  • Posts: 0 Rocky

    Bring it on Boob. Just try to pour “something vile” on me.
    Have someone take a video of me turning your face into something resembling a pizza so your precious little snowflakes will remember what a jackass their father was.

  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    what was Rocky saying?

  • Posts: 0 David K

    OK, Chase shouldn’t have said it with all the kids there or watching on TV.

    BUT……… It’s exactly what most of us wanted to say. It was great, and the reactions of Hamels, Werth, Howard are wonderful.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Rocky = Typical Philly Tough Guy. (TPTG). What a moron.

  • Posts: 0 Bud

    That makes me smile and laugh every time I hear it! Should have posted his comments in their entirety, where he graciously thanks the fans and acknowledges the contributions of every one of his teammates. Classy with a little blue collar jargon thrown in to bring home a point. Love that guy, you go Chase! For talking heads like Mike Missanelli: whatever. I hear worse language coming from grade school children walking past my place of business in North Philly. I’m sure he didn’t say it to act the fool, but clearly to acknowledge a job well done. Cheers Chase and well done to the entire Phillies organization, we are humbled and honored by your effort.

  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    He shouldnt have done it, but I love it. Utley’s my kind of dude.

  • Posts: 0 Beth

    Puh-lease. I loved it. Getting him to talk or show emotion most of the year is like pulling teeth. Besides, it’s not like he does it all the time – he only curses during all-star games and World Series celebrations. If these parents take their kids to any Phillies game they’ll hear worse than this in the stands. Go Chase!

  • Posts: 0 Evrybuddy Hits woohoo

    I loved it even though I hate the word in conversation. It was an emotional statement and drove us in the crowd into a frenzy!

  • Posts: 0 Scott

    I agree that Utley shouldnt have dropped the F-Bomb.

    That being said though, you have to consider the situation. A World Championship after 25 years of frustration, Oilers, Joe Carter, Red Wings, Shaq and Kobe, and the Pats.

    Parents should look at this as a good thing to teach kids that its not appropiate to say these words, but come on, I can probably guarentee you that most kids already know these words. Just tell your kid that he was just excited, but you never say those words, at least at their age.

  • Posts: 0 Kat

    I watched the parade on TV, and at first Ithought I heard Chase wrong. My husband , who’s a bit of a prude, was offended for the sake of the kids listening. I figure most Philly kids have heard a lot worse. I thought Chase was awesome! Having grown up in a suburb of Philly and spending a lot of time in the city for work and pleasure both, I thought Utley was channeling the typical Philadelphia sports fan. In case you haven’t noticed, we have a national reputation as being tough, passionate and very loyal. Those three words shouted by Chase “said it all……. and said it “perfectly”. I love this town!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    On the ride home in the car on Friday someone on the radio apologized on behalf of the station for Utley’s remark, saying that it certainly isn’t the policy of the station to have such words come across the airwaves (guess they were just covering themselves from a fine from the FCC). My 11-yr old son looked at me…….and it should be noted that we have taught him what bad words are and he knows that and doesn’t use them………he looked at me and said, “Cmon….people just need to lighten up.” I think that statement just says it all. EVERYBODY JUST NEEDS TO LIGHTEN UP!!!

  • Posts: 0 Maria

    Selective censorship – why does MLB have Viagra banners hanging behind the batter’s box in all MLB games? Why does Cialis advertise after every inning in the post season? Isn’t it easier to explain to your children that sometimes language is inappropriate but the key is to not repeat it, rather than have to explain what a four-hour erection is? Give me a break. Well-adjusted parents raise secure and well-adjusted kids and a little four letter word will not send your family into a tailspin.

    As for Chase – brilliant! You spoke for generations of frustrated Phillies fans and you hit the nail on the head!

  • Posts: 0 Shawn

    All you people who complain about Chase saying that deserve to have a few expletives said at them……..Your probably alll conservative F@#KS that are about to get takin over by the new age of AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!………DIE HIPPIES DIE

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m with you Maria 100%!

  • Posts: 0 Sct

    I get it, but I didn’t love it. I wasn’t offended, and I don’t think any children were scarred by hearing it.

    I just wish, as the face of the organization, he had managed to be a little classier. It felt a little too cool for school. I’m not really psyched that our new unofficial slogan as a fan base has a big old F-bomb in it.

    I still think he’s a better person than 90% of professional baseball players. I don’t judge him as a person because of it. But I don’t think it was the best choice he could’ve made.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Does anyone know where I can find this in an audio file? I’d love to have it as my ringtone, though I don’t know if I’m willing to part with Harry’s call of the third strike…

  • Posts: 0 Jazzy

    Who is going to wear a shirt like this? Do you think some parents will buy them for their kids because they think they are cute? Will schools accept them as appropriate wear? I’m already imagining walking down the street, passing by a beer bellied guy wearing this shirt, and having to pretend that’s it perfectly fine with me. I want to see Phillies Champion shirts and be reminded of a fantastic time in this city. I don’t want to see the other shirt and be reminded of something far less spectacular. It won’t be fair.

  • Posts: 0 Andy

    Missanelli is a poor mans Jim Rome. Not funny, not annoying enough to be relevant. Got fired from a lot of places for his own misconduct. Hey we’re all human right? So Mike, from your glass house, you without sin, cast the first stone.

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  • Posts: 0 Youre Kidding

    Only in the United States could you win your NATIONAL title and have the arrogance to proclaim yourself world champions like you do for baseball and basketball.

    Both of these sports have a world championship and America is not the champion of either at this point in time.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    As an outsider (I am from Ohio and a Cleveland fan), I don’t see anything wrong with this.

    If one of my teams were to win a title (believe me I know its a longshot) and one of my players said it, I would think nothing of it.

    When Ohio State won the BCS title in 2002, Jim Tressel made a play on words about the team, saying “Not only do we have The Best Damn Band In The Land (which is what they actualy are called), now we have the Best Damn Team In The Land!”

    I know this is different than the F word, but his came as a shock to all of us who follow Ohio State football and we were all good with it.

  • Posts: 0 Tommy T.

    He was in the heat of the moment, anyone from Philadelphia who did not get chills from his speech is not a true Philadelphia fan. I think that culminated the entire attitude of this team. It is what it is, we have been waiting 25 years for a championship and Chase said exactly what everybody felt. I love the emotion, it shows that some of these players making millions of dollars do still care about winning and losing. Love ya Chase and love th Phils!!!

  • Posts: 0 mj

    Parents who teach thier children not to use words like that have children who know not to use words like that. Don’t let your children watch TV, go to sporting events, search the internet, listen to the radio, go to school, or go out in public in general if you are concerned about how badly a word such as that will effect them.

    Also, Chase Utley is from Pasadena, California. Get that strait before accusing him of being a steriotypical Philadelphian. We welcome him and his language with open arms, however, because we are classless losers as much stated in here….yet you are on here saying you hate people and calling them morons….now that’s class!

  • Get over it. The man used everyday street language that everyone hears all the time everywhere except in Court, Church, and on most TV shows. Every kid learns all those words in kindergarten. Mr. Utley is as human as we are and was expressing his happiness–as he justly has a right to do!

  • Posts: 0 Bil

    I have been to Phillies games and have heard a lot worse coming from Joe Schmoe sitting next to me. We Philly fans are certainly a different breed. We boo Santa Claus, the boy who couldn’t find an Easter Egg and the players wive’s; but we cheer the ‘PH’ word. It’s because we are blue collar people. Go Phightins’. World ‘Phucking’ Champions. It’s been a long time comin’.

  • Posts: 0 Rich

    It’s so totally classless it’s beyond belief, but what’s worse is all the apologists posting here. It’s what our world has become, a sewer with no dignity or style.

  • Posts: 0 Alex0

    Who cares if he said a bad word. Almost all of the fans didn’t care because we just won a championship! Language is just sounds we make.


  • Posts: 0 James Craven

    It’s been a couple months, but remember what Tug McGraw said on October 22, 1980?

    “For years, New York City has had to take a back seat in basebasll history to Philadelphia. Well, New York can take this championship and stick it…‘CAUSE WE’RE NUMBER ONE!

    People back then thought it was controversial. Chase Utley did the 2008 version.

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