So yea, big day for Chase Utley.
First it was announced that he leads the National League in All-Star voting. “Utley, a two-time All-Star, leads the National League with 537,788 votes, more than 100,000 votes higher than the next closest N.L. player.”
That was before the Phillies swept the Rockies with a 6-1 win on the strength of Utley’s league-leading 17th homerun. “Utley is [now] on pace to hit 50 homers, 18 more than his career-high in 2006. The record for second basemen is 42 held by Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Davey Johnson (1973).”
Then he found out that Men’s Fitness magazine named him one of the “25 Fittest Guys in America” in their June/July issue. “Some of his eclectic fellow fit Americans include Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, actor Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), actor Will Smith, golfer Tiger Woods and country rock star Dierks Bentley.”
A question from the mag profile:
[Q] You're a versatile hitter and player, but you've got impressive power as well. How do you work on building that kind of home-run power?Dude — that is pretty much the definition of "impressive power."
[A} I don't think I have impressive power. I think the guy next to me at first base has impressive power. My whole goal every year is to improve. Get stronger, quicker, and become a better player. Occasionally, I sneak a homer out of the park.
And then, to top it all off, Chase will dedicate his off day on Thursday to hosting a fundraiser benefit for the Pennsylania SPCA to save a whole lot of animals. (Jesus — chicks must absolutely idolize this man…)
Chase and his wife Jennifer (except, probably, for that part) will be hosting their foundation’s All-Star Animals Casino Night and Silent Auction this Thursday evening at FUEL Gallery in Old City. And word on the street is that Chase, J-Roll, The Bat, RyHo, Cy Hamels, Shane, et al. will all be there.
(We probably should have accepted our invitation, but we were initially put off by the whole "charity" thing. And by helping puppies. So, yea — our bad, we guess.)
Keep on doing what you're doing, Chase. More of that chicken, water, fruit and veggies diet, ya hear?
Utley tops NL All-Star balloting [ MLB.com]
Utley's 17th HR powers Eaton to first win, Phillies to sweep [ ESPN ]
America's fittest men list includes Utley [MLB.com]
Utley's All-Star Animals Casino Night [ ChaseUtley.com ]
25 Fittest Guys in America [ Men’s Fitness ]
Chase Utley Is An American Hero [ Ladies… ]