He had one at-bat April 4, 2003, before being sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Later that month, the second baseman got another call-up and a start in an April 24 game against the Colorado Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
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VOTE: GREATEST PHILLIES BY POSITION
Who is the Phillies' best second baseman since The Vet opened in 1971?
Chase Utley (108 responses)
Juan Samuel (17 responses)
Mickey Morandini (4 responses)
Marlon Anderson (0 responses)
Tomas Perez (2 responses)
131 total responses
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After flying out in his first at-bat, Utley provided one of the most memorable images of his now 11-year major league career. He slugged an Aaron Cook pitch over the fence in right field for a grand slam — his first major-league hit.
It is what Utley, then 24, did after he hit the ball that is etched in the minds of Philadelphia sports fans. He sprinted around the bases.
He has hustled around the bases after every one of his 209 home runs since.
No posing at the plate. No bat flips. No slow trot around the bases. No posturing of any kind.
Utley isn't media-friendly. Quite the opposite. But between the lines, he always has been about 100 percent effort.
At the plate, he works pitchers better than almost all the others who have worn red pinstripes the last decade.
The second baseman is not the smoothest of fielders, but he always works at his craft.
Utley has made his share of mistakes. In April, he uncharacteristically forgot how many outs there were and was doubled off base. He also inexplicably misread a ground ball.
But those mental miscues have been few and far between.
He's been clutch — including his 2009 World Series performance against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia. He plays hard, though his offseason training may not have helped his knee problems — which led to extended stints on the disabled list in 2011 and '12.
Utley gets my vote as the Phillies' best second baseman since the Vet opened in 1971.
Other nominees are Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel, Mickey Morandini, Marlon Anderson and Tomas Perez.
Others who were good, but not eligible because they didn't play at least five years in Philadelphia: Manny Trillo and Mariano Duncan (four years each), and Dave Cash, who was an All-Star in each of his three years in a Phillies uniform in the 1970s.
Perez was the temporary fix when Placido Polanco was injured in 2003, but Utley got his chance when Polanco missed extended time and went on the disabled list.
Utley, who also made the last out at the Vet (which closed after the 2003 season), was the first Phillie to get a home run for his first major league hit since Anderson on Sept. 8, 1998.
Utley has a .287 career batting average and .375 on-base percentage. He is a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and finished in the top 15 in National League MVP voting five times.
In 2006, the five-time All-Star led the league in runs (131) and had 203 hits.