Emotions high as Mets-Dodgers series shifts to New York
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rough slide by the Dodgers' Chase Utley that broke the right leg of Mets' shortstop Ruben Tejada on Saturday has charged up emotions as the National League Division Series shifts to New York on Monday.
Some considered Utley's aggressive effort to break up a potential double play simply hard-nosed baseball, while others saw it as an unnecessarily late, dirty hit.
The seventh-inning play was a turning point in the 5-2 Los Angeles victory, as a run scored on the play that tied the game 2-2 and led to three more runs in the inning.
The win tied the best-of-five 1-1, ended Panamanian Tejada's season and could lead to on-field reprisals from the Mets when action resumes in front of a charged-up Citi Field crowd in the series that sends one of the clubs to the NL Championship Series.
Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's Chief Baseball Officer, whose job includes on-field discipline, said he was looking into the play.
"I'd hate to think that Utley tried to hurt somebody," Torre told reporters at Dodger Stadium after the game. "It certainly was late. That concerns me. The lateness of the slide.
"I'm looking at it just to see if there's anything we feel should be done," he added about whether Utley might be disciplined.
"I have to determine if I thought it was 'excessive,' I guess, is the word, on the slide." Continued...