Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is a hero in a city which can be quick to kill its idols. Much of Utley’s popularity in the city can be attributed to his intensity and laser-like focus while establishing himself as one of the game’s best second basemen over the past eight years. That intensity is on display throughout a recent Philadelphia magazine article profiling Utley and his return to health after spending chunks of the past three seasons on the disabled list.
Another huge reason Philadelphia loves Utley: the speech the normally reserved second baseman gave on the field at Citizens Bank Park after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, breaking the city’s 25-year championship drought. Utley wasn’t poetic, but he was NSFW perfect for Philly. “World champions… World f*#king champions…” Utley said, before thanking the fans. (See video — with NSFW audio — of the speech at the bottom of this post.)
Utley gets some of his intensity from his parents, Dave and Terrell Utley. The Phillymag article waits till the very end of the long profile to drop this nugget:
Though regardless of what happens—whether Chase regains his form, whether the team gets back into contention—Dave and Terrell will still have their African gray parrot, the one they have taught to say something profound: world fucking champions.
There is a parrot in Long Beach, California that curses like it’s just won the World Series. Philly fans, you must pray the Utleys get a YouTube account.
Chase Utley’s World Series’ Speech with NSFW audio