Phillies: Top five moments of Chase Utley’s career

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his throw to first as he jumps over Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his throw to first as he jumps over Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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First Major League hit

As would be the case many times in his career, Chase Utley displayed a flair for the dramatic. On April 24, 2003, Utley started for the first time in his Major League career.

Still looking for his first hit, Utley came to the plate with the bases loaded. With his typical, short quick stroke that would make him the top hitting second baseman in the league for several seasons, deposited a pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam.

Showing his characteristic grit and hustle, Utley ran hard around the bases in near record time, head down all the way.  Quiet, consistent, hard-nosed, throwback and effective, characteristics Utley displayed throughout his career.

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