Utley gets villain's welcome from Mets crowd
By Alan Crosby
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley may not be the only 'villain' New York Mets fans love to hate. But right now, he’s certainly the biggest.
Utley launched himself into the conversation on the team's darkest enemy after he barrel-rolled into shortstop Ruben Tejada while trying to break up a double play in Game Two on Saturday in their National League Division Series.
Not only did the Mets come out on the short end of the game 5-2, they lost Tejada for the rest of the postseason after he broke his leg on the play.
Utley was ruled safe on the play, but Major League Baseball later suspended him for two games for an improper slide.
But with Utley appealing the ruling, he was on the bench for Game Three on Monday in New York, where the fans let him know in no uncertain terms how they felt.
Chants of "Utley sucks!" rocked the stadium during pre-game introductions, drowning out several other introductions, while some fans held signs vowing revenge and urging the Mets to "Win this for Ruben."
Tejada, wearing a walking cast and using a cane, limped out during the pre-game ceremony to a raucous ovation from the crowd.
"I think the boos at the introductions were kind of a big statement leading into the game," said Mets starter Matt Harvey when asked if the fans' reaction was the retaliation the team needed instead of risking anything on the field. Continued...