Philadelphia Phillies great Chase Utley made his MLB debut more than 16 years ago. Popular sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” premiered nearly 14 years ago.
Both sagas had been building to one moment, played out on a beautiful day at Citizen’s Bank Park in front of cheering Phillies fans on Friday.
Chase Utley and Mac had their catch.
Chase Utley’s ‘Always Sunny’ moment
Nearly a decade ago, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” aired a classic episode called “The World Series Defense,” in which Mac, played by show creator Rob McElhenney, tries to convince his friend Dee to run onto the field of the 2008 World Series and kiss Chase Utley, then give him a secret letter.
Mac reveals he has attempted to give Utley the letter through Major League Baseball, Utley’s lawyer, his manager and his mom, yet still had not received a response. Clearly, that meant Utley had not received the letter.
Dee suspiciously asks if Mac wrote a love letter to Chase Utley, and what follows is comedy gold.
The full text of the letter (we are unfortunately not able to include the stickers):
I feel like I can call you chase because you and me are so alike. I'd like to meet you one day, it would be great to have a catch. I know I can't throw as fast as you but I think you'd be impressed with my speed.
I love your hair, you run fast. Did you have a good relationship with your father? Me neither. These are all things we can talk about and more. I know you have no been getting my letters because I know you would write back if you did. I hope you write back this time, and we can become good friends.
I am sure our relationship would be a real home run.
Mac actually received a response from Utley five years later, who read the letter during a “Phillies Mailbag” segment. Utley also appeared in an “Always Sunny” episode a year later, but some misfortune in the woods left Mac unable to meet his hero.
“Meeting you and having a game of catch sounds like a lot of fun ... but I’m really busy playing a lot baseball for the Phillies,” Utley said.
Well, Utley is now in his first year of retirement and not playing a lot of baseball for the Phillies (or the Los Angeles Dodgers).
You know what that means.
As Utley walked out to throw the first pitch at a game in which the Phillies were holding his number retirement ceremony, McElhenney came out to join in. Utley fired the ball to his biggest fan and all was well in Philadelphia as the team honored one of its greatest players ever.
You can check out the full ceremony below:
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