Even before Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada’s leg with his bullshit takeout slide (or, y’know, “a baseball play,”) in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, he wasn’t exactly a favorite of Mets fans. That’s what happens when you play 13 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies.
But now, Utley may be the most hated man in New York. And before Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday night – the first postseason game at Citi Field since it opened in 2009 – Mets fans let him have it, booing the bejeezus out of him during pregame player introductions.
While Utley didn’t step out of the dugout for the entirety of the game – though he was suspended by Major League Baseball for the slide, Utley appealed the decision, meaning he could have played – the Flushing Faithful brought out their best. The boos were so deafening that the PA announcer had to take a break out of respect for the next Dodger in line (or to give Mets fans a little more time to voice their displeasure). Here’s a view from the stands:
— Joe Buono (@JBuono611) October 13, 2015
Fans also poked fun at Utley with audacious posters, like “Chase Utley Hearts Isis” to “Utley U Butt-ley.” And when the Mets took a comfortable 10-3 lead in the fifth inning, the crowd showered him with “We Want Utley!” chants. Oh, and we almost forgot to mention: Before the game even began, the Mets introduced Tejada, who took the field with the help of a cane. Look at the damage you have wrought, Chase!
Man, the postseason is awesome.