Second baseman Chase Utley played his first game back in Philadelphia on Tuesday since being traded to the Dodgers last August, and received a long standing ovation in the first inning that lasted nearly 90 seconds. Then, he homered twice.
Utley stepped to the dish to lead off the game, and was greeted by his old at-bat song in Philly, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”
As fans cheered, Utley tipped his helmet and pointed at Ryan Howard.
He struck out on five pitches against Vince Velasquez, and was cheered on his way back to the dugout.
In the fifth, he took Velasquez deep to right-center.
In the seventh, he hit a grand slam to open up the game.
Utley spent the first 12 years of his career with the Phillies before being traded in the 13th. He won the World Series with Philadelphia in 2008, and was named to six All-Star teams.
– Kenny Ducey