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By Jon Weisman
Fairy tales might or might not come true, unless you’re Chase Utley, in which case they certainly do.
In his first game as a visiting player in Philadelphia after 14 years of wearing a Phillies uniform, including their 2008 World Series championship season, Utley did nothing less than hit two home runs — the second a grand slam — before calling it a night in the middle of the seventh inning, after the Dodgers had taken a 13-2 lead.
Utley received a prolonged standing ovation at the start of the game, but that wasn’t the last time he’d bring the crowd to its feet.
In the fifth inning, Utley followed Howie Kendrick’s two-run, lead-changing home run with a solo shot to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
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In the seventh, Utley not only put the cherry on top, he supplied the entire sundae, hitting a grand slam to cap an eight-run inning for the Dodgers, their most grandiose frame since September 15, 2014 in Colorado.
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Utley’s flair for the dramatic, however unintentional, has been remarkable this year. In his first two games at New York since he became the third rail of Mets-Dodgers relations during last year’s National League Division Series, Utley had four RBI on May 27 and then had a solo homer/grand slam combo May 28.
CHASE!! What a return to Philly! #PapaSlam
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) August 17, 2016