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Mets, Phillies in tiff over slide

Posted on: September 25, 2010 12:41 am
Edited on: September 25, 2010 12:44 am
David Wright
Next time Phillies second baseman Chase Utley sees the Mets' David Wright sliding toward him, he should jump. Of course, if Ruben Tejada had used that technique, the latest beef between the teams could have been avoided.

Wright took exception to a slide Utley made Friday night in an attempt to break up a double play. The slide resulted in Tejada, the Mets' second baseman, being knocked over, and Wright implied that the Mets would be going after Utley on the basepaths in the future.

"He's a second baseman," Wright told "He knows what it's like to turn a double play, and he knows the difference between a good, clean slide and a slide that's late. That's a better question for him. But if he doesn't mind guys coming like that after him, then everything's good.

"We'll move on, and we'll reevaluate the way that we go into second base."

The trouble is, the replay shows that Tejada, a 20-year-old rookie, stayed planted on the second-base bag instead of jumping to avoid Utley. A second baseman trying to turn two gets the benefit of the doubt if he leaves the bag to dodge a sliding runner, and even if Utley's slide was on the late side, Tejada could have avoided him.

Even Tejada didn't complain about the slide, saying "it's baseball" and noting that Utley asked whether he was OK after the play. Utley declined to comment.

Hopefully Wright was just frustrated after a loss and there won't be any carryover from the play this weekend. Because it's Tejada, not Utley, who appears to be the one who should take a lesson from the play. Next time, jump.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:53 am

Mets, Phillies in tiff over slide

HAHAHA - classic!  Wright is such a baby.  He's so impressed with himself but that glass ego can't accept that his team blows, so he's resorting to threats of intentional cheap play. 

I used to have a lot of respect for him as a player.  Now I see that he's just another sore loser.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 10:04 am

Mets, Phillies in tiff over slide

So you're whining about the Mets whining? is that right lol  Nice

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:44 am
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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:36 am

Mets, Phillies in tiff over slide

More Mets whining.  Maybe if they played hard every game they could not only talk the talk but also walk the walk.  Mets are great for preseason jabbering, but that's about it.  What are they going to complain about next? 

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