My Chase Utley man-crush only gained strength during Game 1 of the World Series.
Utley — Pasadena native, Long Beach Poly grad, UCLA alum, former Dodgers draft pick — hit two home runs off Yankees ace CC Sabathia on Wednesday in the Bronx. Only one other left-handed batter hit two homers off a left-handed pitcher in a World Series game, and his name was Babe Ruth.
Cliff Lee pitched a complete game, and it should have been a shutout. A throwing error in the ninth inning allowed the Yankees to score their only run.
Phillies 6, Yankees 1. Game 2 is tonight on Fox-TV.
I hope the Phillies sweep the evil Yankees.
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The Dodgers drafted him after his senior year at Long Beach Poly High. Unfortunately, Utley chose to attend UCLA.
I often fantasize about having Utley in the Dodgers lineup these past few years. Things might have been a lot different the last two NL Championship Series had Utley been a Dodger instead of a Phillie.
Same goes for Jayson Werth. He was a solid Dodger in 2004, but a wrist injury derailed his career in 2005 and 2006. Los Angeles thought he was done, so they released him. He would have been done, too, had he not gone to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where doctors diagnosed a very rare ligament injury. Now he’s one of the best players in the National League. Sigh.
I’m not a big Werth fan. He seems kind of smug. Utley, though, is perhaps my favorite player in MLB. He just looks like a baseball player, and he does everything the right way.
More on Long Beach Poly High…
LBP is possibly the most impressive high school in the United States. The list of successful alums would stretch from Long Beach to Van Nuys. LBP produces more NFL players than any other high school.
Here’s a brief list of alums, compliments of Wikipedia:
Opera Singer Marilyn Horne
Actress Barbara Britton (Brantingham)
Musician, producer and music director Dustin Moore
Spanish Banda singer Jenni Rivera “La Diva de la banda”
baseball player Chase Utley
actress Cameron Diaz
tennis player Billie Jean King
football player DeSean Jackson
rapper Snoop Dogg
actor Percy Daggs III
mountain climber Samantha Larson
Major League Baseball umpire Charlie Williams
baseball player Milton Bradley
baseball player Randy Moffitt
baseball player Chris Gwynn
baseball player 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn
football player and actor Carl Weathers
football player Hershel Dennis
football player Mark Carrier
football player Darnell Bing
football player Marcedes Lewis
football player Manuel Wright
football player Winston Justice
football player Samie Parker
football player Willie McGinest
football player Omar Stoutmire
football player Marquez Pope
football player Pago Togafau
football player Antoine Cason (attended)
writer Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston