Chase Utley makes appearance on “Ellen” to surprise Phillies fan battling cancer


23-year-old Julie Kramer is an inspirational young woman who is currently battling Stage 4 synovial sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer. She also happens to be a huge Phillies fan. During a visit to the “Ellen” show today, she got one heck of a surprise from a member of her favorite team.

When talking about her Phillies fandom, Kramer mentioned that Chase Utley was her favorite player. “He’s the man,” she said. Right on cue, Utley came out to greet her with some gifts from the Phillies as well as an open invitation for her to attend as many games as she wants next season. It’s worth watching just to see her reaction to Utley.

Good on you, Chase.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.