It took Rob McElhenney the better part of a decade to earn Chase Utley’s friendship following a beloved episode of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” in which his character, Mac, penned an overly enthusiastic fan letter to the former Phillie.

But when it comes to new team member Bryce Harper, that same feat only took a couple of weeks, tops.

McElhenney contacted Harper on Twitter on Monday following a tweet from the Phillies’ account that paired an image of the new Phillies outfielder with a quote from the show’s “The Night Man Cometh” from 2008. In response, McElhenney asked Harper if he wanted to have a catch like in his old letter to Utley.

“Hey Bryce- i feel like i can call you Bryce because we are so much alike. Wanna have a catch?” McElhenney tweeted.

About 90 minutes later, Harper responded positively, writing that he was sure the pair would have “a real ‘grand slam’ of a friendship,’ as McElhenney’s Mac formerly told Utley.

“Let’s have a catch sometime this summer at the Bank,” Harper added.

Not satisfied with just one additional MLB friendship, McElhenney also reached out to Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who famously hails from Millville.

In his message, the “It’s Always Sunny” star told Trout he “can’t throw as fast as you can,” but thought that the baseball standout would still “be impressed with my speed.”

Trout, who has not tweeted since March 6, did not respond.

“I like your hair,” McElhenney added. “These are all the things we can talk about and more. See you in 2020!”

McElhenney, of course, is no stranger to friendships with Philly sports icons thanks to his time on “It’s Always Sunny.” Last season, he even brought Jason Kelce and Beau Allen onto the show for a special Super Bowl-themed episode.

Mac’s fan letter to Utley has been a beloved reference for fans of “It’s Always Sunny” since the episode in which it premiered, season 5’s “The World Series Defense,” aired in 2009. Since then, it has been used by everyone from Dock Street Brewery, who debuted an “It’s Always Sunny”-themed beer last year, to Utley himself. In 2013, the former Phillie famously responded to Mac’s initial letter, writing that “having a game of catch sounds like a lot of fun” but he was too “busy playing a lot of baseball for the Phillies.”

“I hope you have a good life,” Utley wrote. “Fans like you make my life a ‘grand slam.’”

Can't get enough High School sports? Get the latest scores, game highlights and analysis delivered to your inbox each week!

 

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Load comments