Mac finally got his game of catch.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans should remember that Mac (creator Rob McElhenney) dreams of playing catch with retired Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. It almost happened in the sixth season of the FX series, in the episode “The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods.” But, well… the gang got stranded in the woods.
Now, almost 10 years after that episode aired, the dream came true. Utley threw out the Phillies’ ceremonial first pitch on Friday — part of his retirement ceremony — and McElhenney was there — as Mac, to be clear — to catch.
Mac’s history as an Utley fan goes back even further that his missed game of catch. We first learned how hard he stanned back in Season 5, when Dee reads a letter that Mac wrote to the ball player. He asked for a game of catch, complained about his dad, and complimented Utley’s hair choices.
Utley actually responded to Mac’s letter in real life, a few years later in a team-sponsored “Phillies Mailbag” segment. He took the letter about as seriously as an over-the-top piece of fan mail from a fictional TV series deserves.
Which is to say: this is good comedy.
With the long-held dream finally fulfilled, It’s Always Sunny fans took to social media to cheer on McElhenney and Mac.
Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson – Mac and Dee from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia -are seated behind home plate for Chase Utley’s retirement ceremony. Maybe Mac has another letter for Utley.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) June 21, 2019
At chase Utley’s retirement ceremony and they played the scene from Its Always Sunny where Dee reads the letter Mac wrote to Chase AND THEN MAC AND DEE CAME OUT AND MAC HAD HIS GAME OF CATCH WITH CHASE UTLEY
— Mallory (@MagicMallory) June 21, 2019