I don’t even know where to start. The reason a lot of Mets fans hate Chase Utley is because of what he did to Ruben Tejada in the postseason as a member of the Dodgers. What happened in that play was ridiculous and I still can’t believe Utley was never punished for it. For me, that only added to the hatred I already had for him.
In his career, Utley slashed .281/.374/.526 against the Mets with 39 home runs and 116 RBI. The 39 home runs were nine more than he hit against any other opponent. At Citi Field in particular Utley slashed .294/.370/.557 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. The only ballparks Utley had more home runs and RBI in were Citizens Bank Park and Dodger Stadium, the home of the teams he played for.
The crazy thing about that stat is Utley played six seasons before Citi Field even opened and had his best years before 2009, the first year of the ballpark. Utley hit most if not all of his home runs into the right field corner which many called “Utley’s Corner”. He hit plenty of big home runs against the Mets and just tortured me and the Mets year after year.
While Utley certainly wasn’t the best member of those dominant Phillies teams, he was the one who killed the Mets the most. Luckily for me, I got to let my frustrations out at Game 3 of the NLDS in 2015 against the Dodgers and I and the 40,000 other Mets fans in attendance booed our hearts out at Chase Utley when he was introduced. That was one of my favorite moments in all of my years as a Mets fan.