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Chase Utley refusing to let Philadelphia Phillies lose - Bomb ass article by the bomb ass Joe Posnanski [via SI.com]
Imagine your ringtone = this
Are you having trouble convincing your friends that you didn’t actually just hop on the Phillies bandwagon immediately after the NLCS? Do you want to show that you’ve actually been a devoted Phillies fan your entire life, so much so that you have them as your ringtone? Or maybe you just had to leave for the Democratic Republic of the Congo 35 minutes before the start of Game 5 and end up having to watch them clinch by yourself in Central Africa, so now you feel that hearing Harry Kalas call the final strike of the World Series every time your phone rings is the closest thing to having been in town when the Phils actually clinched?* Regardless of the reason, if you want that Phillies World Champion ringtone then you’ve come to the right place!
Phillies World Series Champions iPhone Ringtones
NOTE: These have only been tested with the iPhone, and I am pretty sure that they will only work with an iPhone. However, I’m more than willing to put them up as .mp3′s or whatever else that will help get them onto your phone; I’m kind of a nerd, so just let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. You can also click here to learn how to turn your mp4 to mp3.
How to Get Them On Your iPhone
First, to download a file, just right-click on the link and click on “Save Link As” (or the equivalent). When they are finished downloading and you double-click/open the files, they should automatically go to the “Ringtones” section of ITunes. From there you just plug your iPhone in, drag them from the “Ringtones” section onto your phone and, voila: get ready to relive the greatest moment of your life over-and-over again every single day (depending on how cool you are)!
*Yes, that was me. And, no, I don’t want to talk about it. Ever.
UPDATE (4/13/09): In response to the activity on my blog today in response to the passing of Harry Kalas, I’ve added links to download all the ringtones as .mp3′s below each one, with the hope that everyone can now hold onto a piece of that beautiful voice forever.
An explanation courtesy of the fantastic The700Level piece: Chase’s Four Letter Fall Out:
Upon viewing Chase being introduced live at Yankee stadium, I was rather shocked to hear my favorite baseball player get booed. You don’t boo Chase Utley. It wasn’t until people commenting on this site pointed it out to us that we realized Chase Utley dropped an F-bomb in reaction to the boos. “Boo? F*ck you,” Chase quipped to fellow second basemen Dan Uggla as the cameras rolled and caught every syllable.
More importantly, here is the awesome video:
If you couldn’t make out said curse words in the above clip, you won’t miss them in this lower-quality youtube version.
The question now is, of course, has the reputation of one of the most well-respected players in the big leagues, universally lauded for his reserved, business-like approach to anything and everything baseball been forever tarnished?
The answer to this question is simple: no. Although when one is already one of the single greatest human beings of all time, it seems as though there is only one direction to go…but not for Chase. I didn’t think it could happen, but I now love him even more. Aside from the idiodic reactions of lame-ass Mets fans, the blogosphere seems to reflect my take on the situation (see, e.g. Chase Utley: An American hero).
Well, right now everybody in Philly does at least. With the consistency that he has been hitting the ball over the first 30 games, Pat looks way too locked in for this to be a fluke. He’s hitting .417 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position (RISP), .435 with runners on (an absurd 20 out of 46) and a slick .478 with RISP. It’s fun to get caught up in all this (i.e. plan our World Series parade right now), but we’ve got to remember: the guy is a career .260 hitter, and, invariably, he just cannot keep this up. I mean Chase Utley is clearly God dressed up as a strapping, young and handsome second-baseman, but I don’t think anyone expects him to hit the 60+ home-runs he’s on pace for.
So the question is: once Pat cools off, will the boo-birds be back? Granted, Pat has a fat contract and has “underperformed” over the course of his career, but the guy plays hard and has said repeatedly that he wants to finish his career a Phillie. Plus, he’s kind of a badass in his own weird way (remember this?). So here’s to hoping that Philly fans remember that baseball is a streaky sport and don’t start dogging him once he comes back down to earth………that is, if he ever does (I mean he’s hitting .750 with a man on 3rd with less than 2 outs!!!).
Try watching this video from last night’s dramatic victory without getting goosebumps (plus, just look at Pat’s expression when he crosses home plate – the guy is all business right now; now if it was Manny Ramirez who had just hit that ball, he’d be doing somersaults down the third base line):
Definitely the first time I’ve ever seen those three words strung together – and by a Philly writer to boot.
Already off to a great start Burrell has really been the glue so far holding this injury-plagued Phillies team together. As of right now Burrell ranks 1st in all of baseball in WPA/LI with a 0.98; his 0.98 is a full eighteen percent ahead of closest competitor Mark Reynolds. Burrell also ranks 1st in BRAA and REW, ahead of Joe Crede in both; in BRAA he is a full half-run ahead of Crede. Much of the talk surrounding the Phillies this season has pertained to whether or not Chase Utley would be the third straight Phillie to win the MVP award. If the season ended today, for whatever reason, Burrell would be the Phillies frontrunner.
Keep in mind that I forgot to post this when I first wrote it, so this article is over a week old now and, thus, written before Utley’s absurd streak.
I found it on a new favorite site that you should definitely check out if you’re into baseball statistics and shit: FanGraphs.