When Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper a few weeks ago, baseball players reacted in mixed fashion. Surprisingly, most found a way to side with Papelbon, citing some sort of unwritten rule or proper way to play the game. Last night, when Chase Utley, a veteran player well-loved and respected around the league, delivered a hard, possibly dirty, slide into Ruben Tejada, professional baseball players past and present also weighed in.
Most players stayed away from delivering a hot take on the matter, but here are a few reactions from last night by Major League Baseball players:
that was a really weak attempt at a slide by utley????
— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) October 11, 2015
If you tell Utley to teach kids to slide on second base? Would he teach them the way he slided tonight?
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) October 11, 2015
Never wanna see anyone get hurt but I have seen worse but the magnitude of this one will bring up a lot of debate for sure!!! #MLBPlayoffs
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) October 11, 2015
If that was a superstar shortstop we would have a Tulo Rule being enforced tomorrow
— Justin Upton (@JUST_JUP) October 11, 2015
Yes, fair point, I should have said legal as opposed to clean. https://t.co/Cnn8SqgcrN
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) October 11, 2015
How r u safe when u never touched the bag?????— Gary Sheffield (@garysheffield) October 11, 2015
That play wasn’t malicious. Infielders protect yourself at all cost, just like boxing. Playoff baseball, get the out and get out of there.
— Junior Spivey (@juniorspivey) October 11, 2015
— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) October 11, 2015