Sep 262010

Phillies 2B Chase Utley
Phillies 2B Chase Utley

September 26 Camden Courier-Post:

“After Friday’s game, the Mets were angry about Chase Utley’s supposedly malicious slide into second in hopes of breaking up a double play. On Saturday, the Phillies were busy trying to figure out what all the fuss was about.

Chase is as close to old-school in baseball as it gets,” first baseman Ryan Howard said. “He runs plays out, goes hard. If this was back in the ’80s and Pete Rose was playing, it wouldn’t be discussed.”

And yet, the discussion was extensive after Friday’s game, with several Mets, including David Wright and Jose Reyes, promising some retribution.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he thought Utley may have slid “a tough late” on the play, but he said the slide was probably more dangerous for Utley than New York second baseman Ruben Tejada.

For his part, Tejada offered no criticism of the slide, and Manuel suggested the play should serve a good lesson to his team.

“That’s just the way you have to play,” Manuel said. “That’s what I tell our guys. That’s a style that needs to get back into the game of baseball. You’re not trying to hurt anybody, but you have to have to go hard.”

Manuel said he hoped to see his players take any opportunities they could to go hard into second on a play, but he had no further hopes for retribution against Utley or the Phillies.

Retaliation or no, the Phillies are making no apologies for the play. It was simply how their team goes about playing the game, and outfielder Jayson Werth said there’s no reason they wouldn’t do it again.”

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