Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ron Burgundy, meet Chase Utley

Look at it this way: Chase Utley probably isn't the first person to tell New York sports fans to [bleep] off.

Ron Burgundy, meet Chase Utley


Look at it this way: Chase Utley probably isn't the first person to tell New York sports fans to [bleep] off.

Although such comments generally play well in a city that has never hid its displeasure for its neighbor to the North, Utley apologized last night for a remark that was caught by a live ESPN microphone during introductions for last night’s Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

After the Phillies second baseman heard a chorus of boos from the crowd when he was introduced for last night’s derby, Utley was heard responding, “Boo? [Bleep] you.”

A clip of the remark was posted on the internet video site YouTube within an hour of when it occurred.

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Utley, who was eliminated after hitting five home runs in the first round, later apologized.

“It was a poor choice of words,” he said. “I didn’t mean anything by it. I was kind of joking around with my buddy over there so I do want to apologize”

Utley was wearing a microphone for ESPN, but it isn’t clear how the remark made it over the airwaves. A spokesman for ESPN said the network was still investigating the remark and would issue a statement sometime after the conclusion of last night’s telecast.


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