One day after Philadelphia Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins praised Ryan Howard for his contributions to the organization, Rollins' long-time double play partner, Chase Utley, followed suit:
"Ryan, on countless occasions, put us on his back and carried us to the finish line. He was such an important part of our success, and I hope Philadelphia recognizes that."
Utley, of course, probably isn't too tuned into the end of the Phillies season. The Phillies did honor Howard prior to the game with a video tribute, a gift presented by partner John S. Middleton and chairman David Montgomery and a special marker where his 58th home run in 2006 landed. Howard also thanked the fans in a brief, yet emotional, speech prior to the game.
Utley and the Dodgers are currently in the midst of the final game of their 2016 regular season, which will serve as Vin Scully's final game as Dodgers' announcer.
Howard and Utley were teammates for parts of 12 seasons, leading the Phillies to five division titles, two World Series appearances and the 2008 World Series title.