Chase Utley was emotional and nostalgic after learning he was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, but he kept his statements brief at the press conference after the team announced the trade.
"There are just so many people I should thank, I just hope they know I appreciate everything," Utley said during the press conference.
Monday morning, Phillies fans were able to read Utley's full expression of gratitude in the Philadelphia Daily News. "The Man" spent over 12 seasons with the Phillies.
"Thank you Philadelphia for taking me under your wing 12 years ago. It has been an honor and a dream come true to play for a city with so much passion. I feel extremely lucky to have played for an organization with so many incredible people.
Thank you David Montgomery for having the gift to make everyone around you feel important. I am proud to have been a part of your vision for the organization. I've played for several impactful coaches over the years, but Charlie Manuel stands alone for what he has meant to me. His patience, encouragement and faith in his team created a sense of confidence that his players will never forget. Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to my teammates, old and new. I will forever cherish the times that we had. Pat, Row, j-dub, Jroll, Howy, Vic, Chooch, Cole to name a few... Thank you for your countless hours of preparation and determination. I am honored to have shared the field with you.
Jen and I have worked with the Pennsylvania SPCA for over 10 years and we will continue to support their work for years to come. Thank you to everyone who has joined us to positively change the lives of the abused and neglected animals of Philadelphia.
Citizens Bank Park is like no other stadium. The support, encouragement and energy that all of you brought on a daily basis was empowering. We have had quite a ride together and I will never forget 2008. WFC forever!
Thanks again Philly, I will miss you.
The Phillies dealt Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 19, just under one week ago. Even though he has not played much this season, his absence was felt immediately by fans young and old.