October 11, 2015
This was exactly the moment that headline writers at the New York Post and New York Daily News live for. This was their time to shine.
By now, you’ve probably seen Chase Utley’s controversial takeout slide on Ruben Tejada. Here was a former Phillie and certified “Met-killer” injuring New York’s shortstop with a slide that was questionable at best… in another uniform while the Phillies finished with the worst record in baseball. The possibilities were endless.
Here is what they came up with:
It’s important to remember that Tejada broke his leg on the play, which personally stinks for him and makes life more difficult for the Mets going forward. According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Utley has reached out to Tejada:
Just exchanged texts with #Dodgers’ Utley. Here is what he said: “In no way shape or form was I trying to hurt Ruben…— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 11, 2015
“… I slid in hard like I have for 12 years. I feel terrible about the outcome. I've reached out to Ruben via David Wright.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 11, 2015
Notice how Utley is only apologizing for the result, not the slide itself. It’s kind of hard to separate the two, no? As a bonus, listen to Mike Francesa taking a call from an emotional Mets fan from earlier today. The Sports Pope had no time for any tears:
“Calm down, it’s Sunday morning.”
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