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Chase Utley is Gonna Get Booed in NYC Tomorrow UPDATE: Utley Suspended 2 Games


Los Angeles Dodgers secondbaseman Chase Utley has become public enemy #1 for this slide into second base which resulted in a broken leg for New York Mets shorstop Ruben Tejada during Game 2 of the NLDS last night.

Adding insult to injury, the MLB replay officials saw fit to overturn the out call despite the fact that Utley never touched second. The Dodgers rallied for four runs and won the game 5-2 evening the series at 1-1.

Considerable debate has ensued as to whether MLB will need to review the neighborhood play in the way they revised plays at the plate after San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey sustained a fractured leg during a home plate collision in 2011.

It has also been pointed out that Utley took out Tejada on a similar play in 2010 although Utley did apologize to Tejada and Tejada had no objection to Utley’s actions. However, I don’t think the Mets will feel any such generosity this time around.

In the meantime, the NLDS will resume tomorrow in New York with a huge fire being lit under the Mets. Utley is gonna get booed. One wonders if Matt Harvey is going to plunk him or try to brush him back off the plate. Of course, the umpires could issue warnings to both teams beforehand. In which case, the Mets could exact their revenge by taking Utley out at second. If that happens it will be the biggest fight at second base in New York since Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson in the 1973 NLCS when the Mets upset the Big Red Machine.

The other possibility is that the Dodgers sit Utley who did take a big hit to his noggin’ on the play. 

UPDATE: Chase Utley is being sit down, but not by the Dodgers. Joe Torre has announced that MLB will suspend Utley for two games for the slide. The two games in question take place in New York. I think this suspension is being issued in an effort to avoid a riot at CitiField. Utley has announced he will appeal the suspension. 

My guess is that the suspension will be reduced to one game. In which case, the Dodgers will still probably sit Utley in Game 4 as a precaution. 

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