, who are expecting their first child, say friends of the couple.
The Daily News' Dan Gross reported yesterday at PhillyGossip.com that the Phillies star's animal-rights-advocate bride is said to be more than three months along in her pregnancy and is showing, sources say.
Jen Utley declined to comment, and a Phillies spokeswoman said the team does not discuss players' personal lives.
The couple were introduced by mutual friend and ex-Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell (yes, FredEx himself) in February 2000 while they were all students at UCLA. The Utleys were married in January 2007 and live in Center City with their pit bull, Jack.
'Nails' gets a boost
* Good thing Lenny Dykstra still has friends in low places. Director/producer Jonathan Heap has agreed to pay the $50,000 it will take to get Dykstra, charged with 23 felony counts earlier this week, out of the clink. Heap, among other things, directed a Rob Lowe flick in the late '90s ("Hostile Intent"), thus proving his total hack status.
But why would some random film suit help out Dykstra? Heap is producing a film about the life of our boy Nails.
Dykstra was previously bailed out by pal Charlie Sheen, who didn't seem so keen on putting up cash again. TMZ reports that after hitting up Sheen, "Lenny's people then approached two wealthy members of the Philadelphia sports community - but they weren't willing to fork over any cash, either."
* The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, took in some masterworks at the Barnes Foundation in Merion on Wednesday. Bridges, whose powerhouse turn in "True Grit" is out on DVD this week, will release his self-titled second record in August.
Tsk, tsk, Tracy
Tracy Morgan has drawn heat from gay-rights groups and people with senses of decency who took umbrage to homophobic remarks Morgan made at a gig in Nashville on Thursday.
The routine began with a tirade on how homosexuality is a choice and that "gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming."
But then he went further than issues of choice. "Gays need to quit being p-----s and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying," Morgan said. In light of the rash of suicides of young gays and lesbians, and considering that the LGBT crowd is the most targeted community for hate crimes, according to FBI statistics, we believe bullying is a pretty valid concern.
Then Morgan threatened his own kid, saying if his son ever talked to him "in a gay voice," he would stab him.
After his head was called for on a platter, Morgan apologized yesterday. In a statement, Morgan said, "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal-opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."
But, here's the deal with Morgan's statement: This was offensive from the start. The basic premise of his routine was nasty. Even if he didn't go "too far," his words were still hateful and vile. The seed of his routine was the problem, not the routine itself.
Yesterday, Alec Baldwin, Morgan's "30 Rock" co-star and no stranger to saying stupid (yet not this stupid) things in public, tweeted, "Oh that Tracy."
Let's not let Morgan off that easy. You can lend support to the Philly LGBT community on Sunday at the Pride Parade and Festival, which will start at 13th and Locust and march down Market Street to Penn's Landing, starting at noon.
A White divorce
Apparently, Nashville is the place to be this week.
Former White Stripe and general musical man about town Jack White and ruby-follicled model/musician Karen Elson are calling it quits on their marriage, shortly after celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the dissolution of their love, White and Elson threw a divorce party last night in Nashville. The soiree was to celebrate their enduring friendship, despite deciding not to take each other for as long as they both shall live. The couple have two children, Scarlett and Henry Lee.
"The party will include dancing, photos, memories and drinks with alcohol in them," the invitation read. Lady Tattle figures a lot of those were necessary for this shindig.