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UPDATE: Phils irk Mets en route to 11th straight win

Sep 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

UPDATE: Here’s Chase Utley’s response, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. It’s pretty much what you would expect him to say.

“I have never ever attempted to break up a double play with the intent
to injure someone,” he told MLB.com. “I understand what it’s like to be
taken out. I’ve been kicked, kneed, elbowed, spiked and even flipped
upside down. And as much as I might not have liked it at the time, I
understand that it’s all part of being a Major League second baseman.
Second basemen have had to deal with this for over 100 years. And with
that said, we as a team play the game hard and play it to win. That is
not going to change.”

11:56 AM: The Phillies continue to be the hottest team on the planet. They defeated the Mets 3-2 last night to extend their season-high winning streak to 11 games and reduce their magic number to two. And consistent with when these two teams usually meet up, it didn’t come without a little bit of bad blood.

After the game, a number of Mets told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that they were irked by Chase Utley’s takeout slide of Ruben Tejada during a double play in the fifth inning. You can watch the play in question here and judge for yourself, but here’s what David Wright had to say about the incident.

“You can ask him. He’s a second baseman. If he wants guys sliding like
that into him, then it’s perfectly fine. He knows how to play the game.
If he doesn’t mind guys coming in like that when he’s turning a double
play, then we don’t have any problem with it. It’s a legal slide. It’s
within the rules. But somebody is going to get hurt. So I guess that’s a
better question for him.”

“Chase, he plays the game hard. He plays the game passionately. But
there’s a thin line between going out there and playing the game hard
and going out there trying to get somebody hurt. That’s a thin line.
Nobody is going to push us around. We’re going to have our teammate’s
back. I think cooler heads prevailed, but we’ve got to let them know
that over on our side we didn’t appreciate it and that we’re going to go
out there and have our teammates’ backs. I think our bench let him
know. As far as I’m concerned, it’s done. We move on. We’ll reevaluate
the way we go into second base.”

For what it’s worth, Tejada didn’t have any issue with the slide, though it’s nice for Wright to say something that didn’t come out of a cliche generator. In truth, the Mets should probably be more concerned with the very real possibility that the Phillies will clinch their fourth straight NL East crown right in front of them this weekend. The best way to fight back would be to, you know, actually win some baseball games.

  1. SuckitFlorio - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Cry me a friggin river Mets…

  2. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I saw the replay. I don’t quite get what Wright is puelling about. You’ve had a collectively atrocious year. Deal with it. On the bright side, the bass and pike ought to start hitting again as the weather cools.

  3. matt - Sep 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    The instigator is Mike Pelfrey from the dugout. He has a history with Utley and has nothing better to do than spout off any chance he gets. This is why the mets are what they are…LOSERS. The honest issue is that once again they’ve pissed a season away and would prefer this be just another beer league game where nobody tries or has to make much effort. Thats why Utley’s play stands out. If the other team plays hard it makes the Mets lazy play stand out. I used to feel bad for Wright getting booed all the time and having to play for that godawful franchise but he;s just another Mets losing player.

  4. schmedley - Sep 25, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Mike Pelfrey, the same guy who turned his back on his manager when he came to take him out of the game a few weeks ago. What a class act that guy is. God, it must suck to be a Mets fan.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Indeed it must. Then again, try being a Feesh fan for an hour.

  6. Joboo - Sep 25, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    “We’ll reevaluate the way we go into second base.”
    This is good news for Mets fans as the current strategy appears to be “not very often”.

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