Some interesting news for fans and Phillies memorabilia collectors: Chase Utley’s fourth inning blast off Rays hurler David Price was the All-Star second baseman’s sixteenth of the year and 100th for the Phillies this year. This marks the fastest that the Phils have reached the 100 home run mark in a season in franchise history.
Their recent hot streak and dominance on the road can much be attributed to Utley, who has more than picked up the slack for the offense since outfielder Raul Ibanez hit the DL ten days ago. While Chase Utley autographs are always a hot commodity for baseball memorabilia collectors, a day after belting a homer and four RBIs against Tampa Bay, it was announced Utley now has the lead in NL All-Star voting. Expect a surge in autographed baseballs and other items as the Phils look for World Championship Part Duex in 2009.