New York Is Out To Get Chase Utley

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Somewhere, this morning, Harry Kalas poured himself a See-Through, nestled up to the great bar in the clouds, and told By Saam stories about “The Man.”

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New York Post:

Chase Utley has fine lifetime numbers against Matt Harvey, so there is an awfully good chance he will start Game 3 of this National League Division Series when it resumes Monday at Citi Field. And even if he doesn’t, and merely trots to third base as part of the pregame introductions …

If Utley thought he was detested, despised and reviled in New York already, he has no idea what he’s in for. You thought it was ugly when John Rocker returned to the scene of his verbal hate crimes? Maybe you remember Pete Rose leveling Buddy Harrelson back in the ’73 playoffs, and the way he was treated the rest of his career at Shea Stadium?

Those were Hallmark cards compared to what’s coming.

This would have blown up the night regardless of who was involved. The fact it’s Utley only makes it epic. Utley was the very face of the Phillies who stole the East right away from the Mets in 2007 and didn’t let go for years. How many back-breaking hits has he collected against the Mets through the years? Seven thousand?

But it was more than that: Those Phillies believed the Mets were a soft, heartless lot, and they played the game with a ferocity the Mets took years to understand. This wasn’t even Utley’s first crack at Tejada: He took him out with a hard slide in September 2010, a play that drew harsh barbs (though no immediate retribution) from the Mets.

Everyone has a side in this (unless you’re Eric Byrnes on God-knows-what on MLB Network and crazed in your defense of everyone everywhere). But get outta here if you think this was a dirty play. It happens every week in baseball. If the league doesn’t like it, then change the rules. If Ruben Tejada’s leg didn’t snap (NEVER PLANT YOUR LEG WHILE TURNING TWO!), this wouldn’t even be as big of a deal. Sure, New York still would’ve hated Utley, but it would’ve blown over. If I’m a second baseman or shortstop, I’m offended – OFFENDED – if Utley doesn’t come at me like that. Tejada should’ve known– Utley did it to him before:

But Utley’s also been on the receiving end of it. Here’s soft-backed Captain America going straight for Utley’s balls in 2013:

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Earlier in the game I tweeted that I was actually rooting for David Wright. No longer. His predictable whining after the game sealed it. And then I realized why the Phillies thought the Mets were soft all those years: You root for guys like Wright because they want it… but you hate guys like Chase because they take it. Chase stole a win last night, and his manager, Don Mattingly, whose job Chase may very well have saved, was too much of a pussy to defend Utley after the game. “Charlie wouldn’t have done that to Chase,” my wife said to me this morning. Absolutely. Charlie would not have only defended Uts, but he would’ve swilled beer with him afterward and asked if he could hear the bone snapping. Chase would’ve nodded.

New York Daily News:

David Wright remembers all too well Utley’s similar play in 2010 that upended Tejada. The Mets captain was asked if it was Utley’s style of play that put others in danger and he thought it was pretty obvious”.

“He has injured people, this isn’t something new,” Wright said. “Again, I am not going to sit here answer on behalf of Chase, Chase can answer for himself.”

Is there any doubt that Chase is going to answer by taking a Matt Harvey fastball and burying it into Utley’s Corner at Citi Field on Monday? Outta here. Boo? Fuck you.


27 Responses

  1. Can’t wait to hear mike miss & African Americans go nuts about this play this week . Great radio

    1. Chase Utleys a thug.. I wonder if Scott’s reaction would b the same if Jimmy Rollins made the same play.. I think we all know the answer

  2. What a cheap skate! Mets would have seriously won the world series! Beep boop boop beep bop.

  3. As per advertising costs for TBS last night during the mlb playoffs…

    Expected number of viewers for Mets Dodgers – 350,000
    Cubs Cards – 275,000

    That’s total number of viewers = MLB is dead.

    1. How’s that neck burn of yours from the red light being on so much? The Flyers kool aid will be cherry flavor tonight. Another college coach disaster.
      Ed Snider on Year 41 with no Cup.

      1. I still beat you Ed. I am on Year 23, but my team is 0 for 56. That makes us 0 for 97. And the dam fool fans still buy our bull$hit.

  4. Yeah, typical NY pussy ass mofos! Saw it on GMA this morning and all the fuckin’ N I G G E R S said it was a cheap shot and all the whites said it was clean and part of the game! Playing the fuckin’ race card again! Sickening!

  5. I’m just going to to keep coddling my theory that Chip Kelly acquired Sam Bradford and tried to flip him with two drafts for Mariota, because the alternative would be having to admit that Chip Kelly thought Sam Bradford was a good quarterback.

  6. I just wish it was Phillies/Mets playing. CBP could just play that David Wright slide into Utley over and over again. Funny how Wright was one of the most verbal last night yet he did it to Utley previously, broken bones aside. Mets fans need to get over it, get a grip and play baseball. At least now they’ll have something to blame it on when they choke.

    1. oh please us phillies fans would be livid if this happened to us in the post season talk about a pot calling a kettle black

      1. No, Phillies fans understand that taking out a second baseman to break up a double-play is part of the game. I never like seeing any player hurt, and I wished Ruben hadn’t been hurt during the take-out, but it was a freak accident. Just like Posey, Tejada wasn’t facing in the right direction. Knowing how hard Chase plays (and he was on first base), Ruben should have been better prepared and not had his back to Utley.

        Phillies fans aren’t whiners like Mets fans!

  7. All I can say is, chase if your reading this I got your back. You were always a good guy to me the couple times I met you. Don’t Wana be that guy,but as a guy from south philly all I can say is mets fans I never like you and will never like you. You’ll see the south philly in me come out. World fn champs.

  8. if their ss didnt have the bone density of balsa wood there would not have been an issue with the slide.

  9. Not a good time to be anyone named Ruben in Phillieland, or among the Phillies Alumni Association! This would never happen if Chase was still a Phil, because he’d be watching this at home, instead.

  10. Fuck the whining crybaby Mets and the New York media. Somebody give me a smoke, I’m having another heart attack. I really don’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame either.

  11. great post kyle! its like your a different person when your posting about chase utley. i agree with all you said 100%, except i will never root for the mets.

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