In a fun case of TV colliding with real life, the real Chase Utley ended up doing a bit where he read Mac’s letter and read us his own response. “I’m sorry your dad doesn’t love you. Maybe you could be a better son,” he wrote. It may sound harsh, but I’m sure Utley had the best intentions. He ended the letter by writing, “Meeting you and hooking up with you sounds like a lot of fun, but like I said, I’m really busy playing a lot of baseball for the Phillies. Hope you have a great time. life . Fans like you make my life a ‘grand slam!'”
That was in 2013, but Chase Utley’s involvement with the show didn’t end there. At his retirement ceremony in 2019, Utley threw the ceremonial first ball to Rob McElhenney, who was billed as Mac and remained in character throughout the event. Well, maybe he wasn’t quite in character – it’s hard to believe the real Mac would have been so cool about everything.
For years after that event, “Always Sunny” fans wondered: Was that moment canon? As for the show itself, did our Mac actually get to play catch with its beloved hero, or was it just a little, not meant to be taken seriously? In “The Gang Gets Cursed,” the latest episode of “Always Sunny,” the answer is sadly no. Mac still sued unsuccessfully after that brotherly wrestling match with Chase Utley. The good news is that thanks to the monkey paw Mac found, he’s finally on his way to making his wish come true.