The Slide Debate
Here’s the thing. If you want to tell me it’s a dirty play because Murphy can’t touch second, fine. However, you must concede two points: (1) Murphy slid; and (2) Utley could’ve avoided contact by sidestepping or jumping. With that in mind, let’s look at Utley’s slide again:
To avoid any confusion, here’s a still of the point of impact:
Is this the same slide as Murphy’s? Could Ruben Tejada protect himself? Of course not. Even if Tejada didn’t spin, with the way Utley slid/tackled Tejada, Utley’s arms are at Tejada’s hips. His face is buried in Tejada’s abdomen. This is not a baseball play. Stop kidding yourself.
Another point, people have picked the ONE questionable slide in Murphy’s career. Utley is a guy with a reputation for being dirty:
On those two slides (the one a month ago vs the Padres and 2010 vs Mets), Utley was called out pic.twitter.com/P1uwrRgaoa
— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) October 11, 2015
So tell me this, how are these two plays or players comparable? If you’re answer is anything other than they’re not, your a Dodger fan, hate the Mets, or both.