PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Major League Baseball Alumni Association announced on Tuesday that Chase Utley has won his fifth Heart and Hustle award. The Heart and Hustle award—the only MLB award voted on by former players—is given to the active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
As a result of Utley winning the award, his former teammate Roy Halladay published a slew of tweets honoring Utley. The tweets, if put together, read:
“I struggle writing this due to the privacy of a man of integrity and the definition of a baseball player. In the video room in the stadium you will find a row of heart and hustle trophies with Chase’s name. Not because somebody chose to display them but rather a junk drawer of sorts for a man who although appreciates the honor and plays the game for all the right reasons! Not to be seen or heard or for attention. No look at me see how or any of the me first mentality taking over all parts of baseball, sports, etc. One of my greatest honors was putting my heart and hustle trophy alongside the definition of the award. There must be one on every team. I’ve seen two in my life Scott Rolen, and most of all, Chase Utley! The award has lost meaning. It’s normally given to the guy having the best year. But if you could somehow measure that in a man, Chase is run away from the pack! What’s really sad is some are busy patting themselves on the back and missing what a true baseball player is! I kid you not when he talked to me on the field I got goosebumps every time! Please encourage your friends, family, most of all your kids to be like chase! #26&chooch!”
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