Baseball lady Kelly and I had the good fortune to be able to catch Chase Utley’s rehab-stint debut with the single-A Clearwater Threshers last night. He played five innings and went 1-for-3 at the dish with a triple as the Threshers thrashed the Tampa Yankees 9-1. He looked comfortable in the field, but a little tenative in his first two plate appearances as he hit a soft grounder to first and later struck out looking. That would change in the fifth inning when he hit a deep fly ball that was misplayed by Yankee centerfielder Melky Mesa.
Chase continues his rehab today as the Threshers face the Lakewood Flying Tigers.
Kelly and I had a great time at Bright House Field last night. The Tiki Bar was packed, the fireworks display was impressive, and we even met a minor celebrity (you’ll see him in the first 10 seconds of the video posted below):
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