San Francisco Giants fans have nothing better to do this October since they’re not rooting their team on to their 38th consecutive World Series title. So, sure, why not go after Chase Utley for the most routine play in the history of baseball, which just happened to end Gregor Blanco’s season.
I’ve watched it about 50 times now, and I keep waiting to see something different, some nuance that would explain why Utley would move his right leg but not his left, but I’m pretty sure he was trying to prevent Blanco from reaching the bag by any means necessary. The ball hit Blanco in the butt, but Utley didn’t know it was going to do that. He thought he was going to catch the ball, and if Blanco mysteriously ended up a half-inch short of the bag, well, bully for the Dodgers. If Blanco’s head mysteriously hit Utley’s knee, that’s baseball for you! Can’t predict baseball.
Did Utley do it on purpose? After watching the GIF 50 more times, I have no idea. He wasn’t trying to get in front of the ball, so maybe he was just positioning himself better to make the catch? Or maybe he has a head-seeking knee.
This is the play in question, where Chase does the thing that literally every other fielder does on every tag play:
Hang him. He’s too dangerous for our civilized society. Ain’t that right, Jack?
Yes it is! Oh yes it is right! Yes it is!!! Oh yes yes yes! Yes it is!
H/T to reader Patrick