The legend of former Phillies star Chase Utley continues in Los Angeles
Chase Utley was always known as the leader of the Phillies during their five-year stretch of National League East championships. Now with the Dodgers at the age of 39 Utley continues to be a leader in the clubhouse where the team’s average age is more than a decade younger.
Utley showed up to the field Sunday wearing custom cleats, not designed by a famous LA designer but his two children.
Take a look at his one-of-a-kind footwear.
Utley not only received the shoes for Fathers Day, but was recognized by his teammates in Los Angeles for being their “dad.” He is, after all, the oldest player in the National League.
Kike Hernandez gifted Utley a “Best Dad Ever” shirt and a basket of vegan snacks.
Hernandez also offered thanks to Utley on Twitter with this post recognizing his father and role models.
Utley went on the disabled list during a series against the Phillies in May with a broken thumb, but doesn’t appear to be wearing any form of a cast in the picture taken on Sunday. He’s hitting just .216 for the Dodgers this year but his greatest tool is the leadership in the clubhouse.
Turning 40-years-old this offseason Utley’s time on the field is likely coming to an end. He’s still chasing historic numbers such as 2,000 career hits, but is 126 hits short. With 97 hits in his last 192 games it’ll likely take two more seasons with consistent playing time to reach 2,000.
He’s already reached 250 home runs and 1,000 RBI, and his numbers are comparable to Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Barry Larkin.
Time will tell if Utley ever reaches Cooperstown, but for now he’ll take the Best Dad Ever t-shirt and a pair of custom cleats from his kids.