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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 21: Former Philadelphia Phillies player Chase Utley and actor Rob McElhenney greet each other during Utleys retirement ceremony before the game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on June 21, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Three thousand, five hundred and twenty nine days (9 1/2 years) since Sweet Dee first read Mac’s love letter to Chase Utley, the two finally shared that “real homerun” moment in front of a sold out crowd for #26’s retirement night.

Spotted! Why would Chase & Jen Utley bring their neighbors to this important ceremony?

These guys have moved way past ‘pen pal phase’. Kaitlin filmed the surprise from her seat captioning it: “Dreams come true. ♥️♥️” :

YES! YES! YES! But that’s not all. Charlie Manual was all about this dream come true moment. Well, his kids were:

Not just one Beatle, Uncle Charlie is the whole damn band! That’s enough out of you, Rob, it’s time for Kaitlin to steal the spotlight again:

Kudos to the Phillies for committing to the joke by playing the original love letter scene before the catch:

Rob wrote of the event, “I figured if i was gonna walk out there I should do it with some swagger. Also because there was a fifty-fifty shot I was gonna drop that ball. So I needed to soak in the glory before the humiliation set in.” Chase – in Chase fashion – left the jokes to his friends, instead he posted this photo the following day with a simple, one word caption: “Homeland.”


I’m not crying. You’re crying.