Utley Halfheartedly Apologizes To Tejada Via David Wright
After a controversial slide by the Dodgers' Chase Utley into near second base in Game 2 of the NLDS series against the Mets resulted in a broken femur for Ruben Tejada, the least you would expect from Utley would be an apology. Of course, you's also expect that said apology was delivered directly to the victim of the dirty play, but that's not exactly how it went down.
According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, Utley delivered his apology via a message to Mets team Captain David Wright.
Rosenthal doesn't detail whether or not Utley texted or called Wright. A call goes a little bit further for sure, but it all still seems a little disingenuous considering he broke Tejada's leg and knocked him out of the playoffs with a play that he still refuses to acknowledge was intentionally dirty.
If he is going to maintain that he "in no way shape or form" was trying to hurt Tejada, then he should probably assess his ability to play and understand baseball because if that wasn't intentional, then he is a dangerously inept base-runner.
Even if - for the sake of argument - he truly did not mean to hurt the Mets shortstop, that doesn't mean that Tejada doesn't deserve to hear an apology directly from him. In fact, a direct apology would go a long way in proving that Utley isn't the total ass hat that he appears to be. Offering his apology to Wright is certainly better than nothing at all, but it seems rather juvenile. It's unfortunate that this day and age we see more and more entitlement and arrogance among professional athletes; even with each other.
Baseball doesn't have to be some Boy Scout-like brotherhood, but it's human decency to tell someone directly that you feel terrible about the fact that your incompetence led to their bones being broken.
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