Friday, March 11, 2016
Spring Training Custom of the Day: Utley Edition
You see...THIS is the proper way to avoid injuring someone who is sliding into second base.
I actually think this card is perfect, because it makes me think of what would happen if Andrus did the same thing Utley did last year. What if he gave his nuts a haymaker or something, or just flat out tackled him? No, he's doing the proper, 'duck and cover' formation, mostly because Chut probably just tagged him out.
Actually, come to think of it, if he WAS out, he'd still be pretty angry, so he could, theoretically, still do a Chutley move towards Chutley. It wouldn't necessarily be out of bounds. Contextually, people would get it.
Right, right, away from the 'Chase Utley hurting Wilmer Flores while sliding' jokes.
Utley is fighting for a spot in a very crowded Dodgers roster. The infield is probably going to include Adrian Gonzalez, Corey Seager and Justin Turner, which already is slightly imperfect, as not everybody's on the same page. You've got a big hitter, a young kid who's mostly a defensive player, and a guy who isn't especially known for either. Needless to say, it's scattered.
Howie Kendrick is probably going to start at 2nd, making Chut either a backup or the main option if Kendrick lands on the DL again. Chase is running out of healthy, consistent time at 2nd, regardless of the nice season he had in 2014. He's slowing down big time, and I won't be surprised if he doesn't exactly impress this spring, or if they bring in a rookie in May to render him obsolete. Basically, people are watching Chase Utley for what he was, not what he is.
And to reiterate, they're watching for the awesome, Philly star Chase, not the vengeful piledriver from last October.
Coming Tomorrow- Last custom I have on the workbench before I need to make more. First one that isn't wearing a new-ish uniform. The guy who's going to have to fight to stay relevant in the NL Central.