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Watch: Chase Utley reflects upon emotional farewell in Philly

Chase Utley perhaps paid one final visit this week to Citizens Bank Park, and the Philadelphia Phillies faithful sent off the revered former player with an emotional and deserving farewell.

Utley, 39, recently announced his 13th MLB season would be his last. With the Los Angeles Dodgers wrapping up a three-game series with the Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, Utley, who was traded to L.A. in 2015, reflected upon how much the city and fans have meant to him.

Utley first was greeted by a loud ovation by the fans as he took his spot in the batter’s box.

Utley made sure to express his heartfelt gratitude for the moment.

“It was pretty surreal the last three games,” Utley said, via “I’ve said it over and over again, but I can’t thank the fans enough for what they’ve showed me this year and in the previous two series I played in Philadelphia.

“I am happy I was able to thank them in person. I hope they understand how important they are to me. A lot of great memories, a lot of great relationships. It’s been a great ride.”

In an amusing aside, Utley noted how his sons, six-year-old Benjamin and three-year-old Max, were a bit taken aback about the outpouring of adulation their father was receiving.

Utley was a six-time All-Star, four time Silver Slugger Award winner and played an integral role on of the 2008 World Series team. It goes without saying Phillies fans appreciated the chance to say goodbye as well.

And should the Phillies and Dodgers somehow meet up in the postseason? Perhaps this wasn’t Utley’s final farewell to Philly after all.