Ruben Tejada broke his leg after a takeout slide by Chase Utley in Game 2 of the Dodgers-Mets National League Division Series, on national television for everybody to see, and the baseball world reacted.
Several baseball players held the opinion that Utley's slide was a good, old-fashioned, hard-nosed baseball play, or at least vouched for Utley's character.
Always called him one of my toughest teammates...Utley showing why I always called him a winner!!! #MLBPlayoffs— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) October 11, 2015
Like it or not, Utley plays hard and I would want him on my team.— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) October 11, 2015
Ok... After a few more looks at it, Utley should have come in lower. I think the idea of coming in hard and breaking it up was right tho!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) October 11, 2015
Others saw it differently.
that was a really weak attempt at a slide by utley— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) October 11, 2015
Utley never touched the bag, absolutely no way you can call him safe in that situation.— Logan Verrett (@lverrett4) October 11, 2015
It bothered me to see Utley's slide and the way he went after Tejada. Being a 2nd base man he needed to think how to break the DP not hisleg— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2015
If you tell Utley to teach kids to slide on second base? Would he teach them the way he slided tonight?— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2015
Cuddyer: " That's not a slide, that's a tackle."— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) October 11, 2015
I'm very angry about that brutal dirty slide and confused as to how someone can be ruled safe without touching a base????— Anthony Recker (@Anthony_Recker) October 11, 2015
If that was a superstar shortstop we would have a Tulo Rule being enforced tomorrow— Justin Upton (@JUST_JUP) October 11, 2015
Chase Utley s slide so dirty ...wow so late .when I played I weighed 240 and would never consider hitting someone so harg— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) October 11, 2015
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