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Mets Postseason Villains: Notable bad guys from October baseball

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 24: Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose is introduced to the crowd as the 1976 World Series Championship team was honored prior to the start of the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 24: Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose is introduced to the crowd as the 1976 World Series Championship team was honored prior to the start of the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 10: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chase Utley

The most recent bad boy to enter the Mets’ Postseason Jerk Hall of Fame Wing is someone whose name still makes the fans’ skin crawl. In Game Two of the 2015 NLDS, the Mets were taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers out in Southern California. New York was up in the series 1-0 and led the game 2-1 at the time of this incident.

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh for Los Angeles. With one on and Noah Syndergaard still on the mound, Utley struck a single into the outfield.

The next batter was Howie Kendrick. The veteran infielder hit a ball up the middle that could have surely snuck through and past second baseman Daniel Murphy three other times this night. Murphy managed to make a great play and release the ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada. It was there at second base when Utley slid in hard and took down Tejada after the Mets shortstop recorded the out.

Tejada famously broke his leg on this play. The Dodgers also scored and managed to tack on another three runs before the inning was through. Everything seemed to come undone.

Considering the situation, it’s a forgivable incident by Utley if his reaction was a little different. Utley didn’t seem so apologetic for the resulting injury. Years later, he still lacks the ounce of sympathy most fans wanted to see. Whether the slide was dirty or not doesn’t really matter. Utley acted a little too cold after breaking a man’s leg.

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As someone who also broke his leg on a slide while playing baseball, I can empathize. At least I got an apology.

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