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March 31, 2018

Chase Utley signed a cancer patient's hat in 2006 — now they're teammates

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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) makes the play for the out against the Chicago White Sox in third inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit.

It's just Chase being Chase.

In 2006, Phillies second baseman and burgeoning star Chase Utley met with 10-year-old cancer patient Devin Smeltzer.

Smeltzer, of Voorhees, Camden County, had been diagnosed with cancer a year earlier. At the time, he was being treated at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Utley took some time out of his pregame routine to sign Smeltzer's hat — a nice gesture from The Man.

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Fast forward to 2018. Utley is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smeltzer, 22, is now a cancer survivor who happens to also be with the Dodgers as a left-handed pitcher for the organization's Class A Advanced minor league team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quake.

During spring training, manager Dave Roberts decided to reunite Smeltzer and Utley, now as teammates. The moment was captured in a segment for SportsNet LA.

I'm not crying, you're crying. I'm crying very hard.