If there was any doubt in the minds of baseball fans as to whether or not Chase Utley truly hates the Mets, it can officially be put to rest. The gray-haired retiree made it abundantly clear that he outright despises them in a Dodgers studio show.
Utley was asked, point blank, "Do you really hate the New York Mets?"
His measured response? One which he's had an extended time to think about? "I do. I do."
The 16-year MLB veteran left absolutely no room for debate on the topic, though he definitely could have let his body of work against the Mets do the talking.
In 815 career plate appearances against them, he slashed .281/.374/.526 with 39 home runs and 116 runs batted in.
Chase Utley is now doing some studio work out in Los Angeles.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 12, 2019
But that hasn't changed how much he hates the New York Mets (still hates them).https://t.co/mpCzDAGP4h
And of course, there's the infamous slide into second base in the 2015 NLDS between the Dodgers and the Mets, the method by which Utley fractured Ruben Tejada's leg and was still ruled safe upon review.
It's in his blood to hate them, though. Utley played 12 seasons with their NL East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. Bad blood between the two parties is only natural.
But there's no need to worry. The feeling, at least for the fans, is mutual.