Chase Utley's T-ball roots helping plant seeds of hope for fields across the country

  • Baseball NEW YORK — Chase Utley is a cool dad.He's an lifer. He's California mellow, friends with big-time actors. Utley retired after the 2018 season, something he saw coming and planned for. He wanted to stop getting on planes and traveling; as a family man, he wanted to stay home. Utley wanted to spend more time with his two sons, ages 4 and 7. He wanted to do simple dad things like put them to bed at night and take them to school. Utley was recently a dugout monitor for his son's T-ball squad. Kind of like herding cats, right?"It's worse, it's worse than herding cats," Utley says. MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNFor Utley, a potential Hall of Famer, it doesn't get much cooler than that. And much like any father, everything Utley does is done with his sons' best interests in mind — including one simple, but increasingly difficult task:"I just want (my kids) outside," Utley told Sporting News with a smile.Getting kids to get outside — let alone play baseball — can be a hard bargain, especially when smart phones, iPads, video games and computers dominate everyday life. Aside from the technology, Utley thinks getting kids involved with baseball is actually simple, and it starts at a young age with something of a Herculean task: fixing the country's baseball fields."I grew up playing in Long Beach, playing on beautiful, beautiful fields," Utley told SN. "That created a great vision in[......]