As noted in an earlier post, Chase Utley appeared on the Hot Stove Report on the MLB Network tonight. The Philly area media had talked to him Saturday, so there was not much new there, but he again reiterated his intention of being ready for Opening Day following hip surgery.
“I’ve been working extremely hard. I think that you want to do what’s best for your body, but I want to be ready [for Opening Day] and I think I will be,” he said.
On playing with the injury during the postseason: “Some days it went well, where I could move around without any pain, but there were some really bad days. Fortunately, the training staff and I were able to put a program together so that I could get out and play every day. I didn’t want to be a detriment to the team, but I knew I could play and play well.”
On the excitement in the city since the World Series: “It really is exciting to be in Philadelphia right now, I haven’t forgotten what we have done there and the fans definitely haven’t forgotten, so it’s exciting right now.”
On Cole Hamels' "chokers" comment regarding the Mets: “I have a lot of respect for the Mets. They are really talented and good guys. They didn’t play well down the stretch and we did. As far as what Cole said, they [the radio hosts] might have baited him a little bit.”