Utley Slides into Second and Slides into Court

Amber Ecelbarger, Sports Editor

Chase Utley’s controversial slide into Ruben Tejada left the baseball world in shock! Was it intentional or was Utley simply trying to slide into second? At the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets, Howie Kendrick struck a ground ball to Daniel Murphy at second base. Murphy flipped the ball to the Mets shortstop, Ruben Tejada as Utley sprinted toward the base. Tejada caught the ball and turned in attempt to turn a double play, but was immediately struck from underneath by Utley who appeared desperate to break up the double play. Tejada dropped with a broken leg and was met by paramedics who carded him off the field. With a long delay, the Dodgers challenged the play which was originally called out, and had it overruled.

Social Media immediately exploded with reviews and opinions of the event. Baseball writers and players alike debated on whether or not it was a dirty play. Many claimed it was indeed a cheap shot to Tejada, but others accredited the play to Utley’s aggressive efforts to win the game.

Years ago, a play like this one wouldn’t have gotten a second look; however in todays times people seem more aware of the dangers and safety issues of the sport.

On Monday, October 12th, Chase Utley was suspended for game three and four of the series. A crucial accessory to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chase Utley challenged the appeal making him eligible for game three of the series. Although eligible, Utley never played in the third game of the series. Despite this loss, the New York Mets still pulled out a victory.

Baseball fans are waiting in eager anticipation for any further information of the appeal. Utley hopes to restore his reputation and play in the remaining games of the series. Only time will tell.