I fucking hate the Los Angeles Dodgers:
An old ghost from the Mets’ past reappeared at the worst possible moment Saturday night to change the complexion of this NL Division Series.
If he didn’t carry the nickname already, he now officially is Chase “Bleeping” Utley in New York after the veteran infielder leveled Ruben Tejada on a late slide in the seventh inning to spark a crazed Dodgers comeback at Chavez Ravine.
Tejada was carted from the field with a fractured right fibula that will end his season and the Mets suffered a 5-2 loss in Game 2 of the NLDS, tying a series that will resume at Citi Field on Monday night.
After Utley was ruled safe on a replay challenge at second, the Dodgers scored three runs to shift the momentum of the series.
Michael Cuddyer called Utley’s play a “tackle,” but stopped short of calling it dirty.
“We all know [Utley] plays hard,” Cuddyer said. “I play hard and have done my fair share of takeout slides and have never done anything like that.”
Utley, who tormented the Mets for the last decade-plus in a Phillies uniform, was hell-bent on breaking up a double play and ensuring the tying run would score on Howie Kendrick’s slow grounder; Utley waited until he was nearly on top of second base to begin his takeout slide on Tejada. The run scored, and only adding to the Mets’ misery, Utley was ruled safe at second base after the Dodgers challenged the call that Tejada had touched the bag.
Though “neighborhood” calls on double plays at second base aren’t reviewable, the umpires on the field determined it could be examined as a force play, according to MLB vice president of operations Joe Torre, because Tejada had no shot at the double play. Utley never touched the base, but according to Torre he wasn’t required to because he had been called out before the play was overturned.
Torre admitted Utley’s slide was “a little late” and said he will decide if discipline is warranted.
This play will go down in baseball infamy along with Pete Rose’s slide into Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game and when Giants pitcher Juan Marichal clubbed Dodger catcher John Roseboro over the head with a bat. I’ll be surprised if the Mets don’t retaliate, especially if the Dodgers win the next game.
That shit would draw a 15 yard penalty in the NFL, and probably a suspension and a fine. In fairness, Utley should be suspended at least until Tejada’s leg is healed.
This wasn’t Utley’s first rodeo: