Video: Chase Utley Throws Phillies 1st Pitch to 'Always Sunny's' Rob McElhenney

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIJune 22, 2019

Actor Rob McElhenney, right, one of the creators of
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It finally happened. 

Prior to Friday night's Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, Rob McElhenney had a catch with former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley

Utley, whom the Phillies honored with a retirement ceremony prior to the game, tossed the ceremonial first pitch to McElhenney, who famously portrays Mac in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Cut4 @Cut4

Mac finally had his catch with Chase Utley. Dreams really do come true. https://t.co/k10Zm9PM7i

The moment had been building since a 2009 episode of It's Always Sunny. In it, Mac writes a love letter to Utley and urges Dee to deliver it to him. "I feel like I can call you Chase because you and me are so much alike," the letter read. "I would love to meet you someday. It would be great to have a catch."

Utley previously acknowledged Mac's letter in 2013:

The 42-year-old actor and Philly native has played up the bit ever since, like in this March tweet sent to Bryce Harper:

Rob McElhenney @RMcElhenney

Hey Bryce- i feel like i can call you Bryce because we are so much alike. Wanna have a catch? https://t.co/DzZQbzfk8r

Utley played the first 12-plus seasons of his career for the Phillies, winning the 2008 World Series and earning six All-Star selections.