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Mets Cry Foul? Gimme a Break

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, September 25, 2010 03:11 PM | Comments: 0
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Chase Utley is a hard nosed player and a guy who plays the game the right way (I know some of you hate that cliche, so I brought it out just for you). He has no track record of dirty play in his past, which is what makes this strange. David Wright has a problem with the way Utley slid into second base to break up a potential double play ball. Wright, the unofficial leader of the Mets, said it was unwarranted and borderline. Disagree? Me too.

I’ll preface this argument by saying I respect the hell out of Wright – more than most other MLB players, too. He’s one of those guys you wish you had, even though he resides in a city you may loathe during baseball season. This is seemingly out of character for him. If Wright hadn’t been so outspoken about the hard slide, it would have gone down as just another play. Yes, the Phillies announcers took note of it, but in my opinion, it looked like a good hard slide. Utley was well within the basepath and slid just as he got to the base, a more than legal play.

The Mets seem to want to “handle” this situation tonight, whatever that means. They’ll likely hit Utley, which has happened several times before. But it makes little sense.

Ruben Tejada, the Mets second baseman that took the brunt of the hit, seemed OK with it after last night’s game, which should tell you something. Perhaps Wright is teeming from his teams inability to win games. Frustration may have boiled over, which is understandable. But to call out Utley on a play that is well within the rules of the game is absurd.

I will ask this: if you were on the other side, would it have looked clean to you? Try to approach it as a Mets fan or player. Would you stand for that if it was the other way around? Tough call, but in the end no one was injured, so chalk it up as a gritty play by a guy that just want to win, and will at any cost.

So, as he usually does, Chase Utley will take first base after being hit by a pitch. He’ll run up the first base line and if the situation occurs again, you’d better believe he’ll take out the second baseman just as he was taught to.

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    2 words
    Funk the Mets and the horse they rode in on.

    dis·grace (ds-grs)
    n.
    1. Loss of honor, respect, or reputation; shame.
    2. The condition of being strongly and generally disapproved.
    3. One that brings disfavor or discredit

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    And I dont want Wright
    His first ever meanigful hit will be his very first ever.
    Sell loserdom someplace else. Im not buying. Try a Braves blog today.

    Maybe he and Bobby Abreau can can go somewhere and declare how great they are without ever getting a meanigful hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I wouldnt let David Wright come to my house and mow my lawn.
    Where do you guys come up with this stuff?

    Oh the media told you.

    Respect? Is this a joke post? Like Don M. telling me how Beltran is the difference and look out for the Metsies.

    Look out here come those hard nosed Metsies. Led by David Wright.

    When he or they earn this come get me and alert the media. Or you already have?

    re·spect (r-spkt)
    1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
    2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit.
    3. To relate or refer to; concern.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    “Chase 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 and trying to get somebody hurt. That’s a thin line. Nobody’s going to go and push us around. We’re going to have our teammates’ 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 we’re going to go out there and have our teammates’ backs. … If he doesn’t mind guys coming like that after him, then everything’s good.”

    David Wright after the game. He compliments one of the best second basemen in the game and then sticks up for his team. Perfectly normal and frankly it’s kinda what you want on your team. He also said; “It’s a legal slide. It’s within the rules. But somebody’s going to get hurt.”

    On the other hand, here is what Reyes had to say:
    “I think it’s a little dirty because I think he slid right on top of the base. He doesn’t need to do that there in that situation.”

    If our boys were on the receiving side, the comments of David Wright are definitely within reason. Reyes on the other hand is typical of what I believe the Mess are about.

     
  • Tonight’s lineup vs. NYM: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, KendricK

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Breaking news
    The Dallas Cowboys with thier 0-2 record are going to win the super bowl again this year. ESPN told me so.
    Its their 9th in a row I believe.

    I read somewhere else that they have won 1 playoff game since 1996 (against Mcnabb as f that counts) but I don’t believe it.

    But I have to give them respect. Its earned like Wright and the Metsies.
    Wright is sitting in te front car of the parade in Dallas with Jerry Jones Tony Romo and JFK.

     
  • ANDREW-LOOKS LIKE HE IS PLAYING TONIGHT!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Jay
    LOL
    Just what I need some excitement.
    I dont care. If you told me they can brawl and it wont affect the playoffs I am all for it. Just no injuries.

    BTW
    I have 0 respect for teams like the Mets and their over rated players.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    My answers to Pat’s questions-
    IF I were on the other side …….
    Would it have looked clean to me- if I were on the other side honestly, no.
    Would I stand for it- honestly, no.
    Why-because I’d be on the other side, I don’t really think it was dirty.

    That being said, how stupid can these azzholes be???
    If my team were on the other side, retribution would have already taken place. My pitcher would have already done the job, against anyone on the Phillies. Or my next extra base hit or advancement of a runner(did they get any after that?) would have resulted in a hard slide. It would be done like men do. It would be done and over.

    But these aren’t men, these are the Muts. These crybabies scream from the dugout, then they go to the media, and do everything they can to call attention to themselves. What a bunch of wussies!

    And stupid wussies at that, instead of handling it like men, they bring all the attention of umpiring crew and the league offices and every sports outlet in the country- right to the next game.

    After Jerry Manuel’s failure to bunt which resulted in a DP on national TV last week, I thought maybe it was just his stupidity, now I know it’s their collective lack of intelligence that makes them who they are -Ladies and gentlemen meet the Muts

     
  • I AGREE LEFTY,100%…………..THAT BEING SAID,IT SHOULD BE A FUN GAME TONIGHT!

     
  • ME TO ANDREW!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    “His first ever meanigful hit will be his very first ever”

    That’s a great quote Andrew, I love it.

    Here’s mine-it pertains to the Jason Werth situation. I believe the club should sign him, they should meet halfway, or whatever. But I don’t think they will.

    “Somewhere, there’s an Oswalt for every Lee”

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    JPB- The big piece is going to have a break out game tonight, I feel it buddy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Oswalt better than Lee? How dare you.
    Only that Oswalt is here next year and Lee regardless wouldnt have been.

    I have an issue with paper champions like the Mets and in other sports I wont name again. It pisses me off.

    You dont win or get crowned on sportsscenter. Even if Kornheiser would like you to believe so.

    Lefty is correct. You dont announce it you just do it and they should have done it last night. They are pathetic on every level.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Continuing from the last thread re: Werth. We have absolutely no idea what the Phillies real breaking point for payroll is. It could be much higher than we know (and it probably is). Jayson Werth is great for this club. I think the problem will ultimately come down to years, not money. I would not feel comfortable giving Jayson silly money for more than 3 years. But he’s gonna want 6 or 7 years, 5 at the least. You just can’t get sucked into a 6y100m contract for Jayson Werth. The length of that contract would take him well past the shelf life of this team. You can’t keep everybody…unless you can.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Charlie, asked if he thinks the Mets will retaliate, issues a diplomatic response: “Whatever.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    If I were on the other side as a Mets player or fan, how would I feel? Hmm, its hard to say, I meant unlike Mets fans, I have some level class and intelligence, so I suppose if I had no class, no itelligence, and no life, and was jealous of the Phillies, I might have a problem with it, but I think thats a bit of a stretch. Its jealousy. LOL. :) One thing is certain, they will hit Utley, and the pitcher should be ejected right away because they said they would “take care of it”. Its one thing to hit a player after one of yours was hit, but to hit a player because of a clean play from the night before, is a bit much. Just me I guess.

     
  • lefty-tonight ryan has a big night HOPEFULLY!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Charlie’s response in this situation is perfect.

     
  • RT @RandyJMiller: Jimmy Rollins will start Sunday for the Phillies

     
  • One good thing is,as someone has already mentioned is that kk is pitching.That will be a good thing if we have to hit someone tonight,because who cares if he gets suspended….lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whatever_(slang)

    Whatever is a slang term meaning “whatever you say” or “I don’t care what you say”. The term is used to dismiss a previous statement and express indifference. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, the word became a sentence in its own right; in effect an interjection, it is used as a powerful conversational blocking tool, leaving the responder without a convincing retort. Anything they do or say can simply be blocked by the retort of “whatever”.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The phillies arent hitting anyone.
    This is nonsense
    They have won 11 in a row. Could just forfeit these next 2 games and be OK. You cant get into this with loserville.

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Now certain members of the NY Mess want to act like they have heart? Now? Where were these jokers the last 2.5 months? This team was in the hunt and just rolled over. Pathetic. Maybe if it was a different team talking tough and posturing I could take it seriously. This pathetic bunch of she-males castrated themselves on July 8th. David Wright, kindly stfu & stfd. Thanks, sweetie.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WAH WAH WAH

    -Mets

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    IMO-
    Charlie was not “dismissing” the questioner (no doubt Wheels), I think he was “expressing indifference”.

    Meaning, we have much more important things to plan for and think about.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Lefty

    I have determined this is all part of some vast left wing conspiracy.
    Led by Steve Carlton and Sandy Koufax and Warren Spahn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I don’t want David Wright and his perfectly plucked eyebrows.

     
  • Posts: 0 King

    Is there a video of this anywhere?

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    This situation is the perfect is example of why the Phillies are the Phillies (winners of three straight and hopefully soon to be four straight NL East crowns) and the Mets are the Mets (absolute disgraceful players with no heart…outside of David Wright).

    Yes, it was a hard slide. But umm was he outside the baseline…no. Did he come in spikes up….no. Was the game a blow out either way making the slide superflous….no. Was Utley just trying to win a game….yes. That is what baseball is about. You try to win the game. The Phillies have the best record in baseball because of plays like that. The Mets are in fourth place precisely because they don’t do things like that, they don’t lay it on the line night in and night out, and subsequently they will be playing golf when the Phillies are playing baseball in a week and a half.

    The fact is…David Wright complained in essence that Utley played the game to hard. Sorry David, I did not know MLB was a 50 years and older softball league. This is the pros. Maybe his team should take note of Utley and realize this is a star player doing the little things Wright (get it!!).

    The Mets at this point are just hilarious and I hope the Phils sweep them and we can clinch and celebrate in their faces on Sunday.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Way to go Big Man

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Wah wah wah, pass me a box of tissues, I’m not happy.

    I freakin hate david wright. Overrated pos.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Geoff Jenkins????

     
 
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