Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken leg in Game 2 of the NLDS from Chase Utley's hard slide into second base, said he thought the slide was dirty.
"Really late," Tejada said of the slide, which ended his postseason (Oct. 31).
Tejada was carted off the field after Utley slid hard and late into second base trying to break up a potential double play. He suffered a fractured right fibula, which does not require surgery, but ended his season.
Tejada said he was surprised another middle infielder would slide that hard and late into a base to break up a play. Utley reached out and apologized to Tejada (Oct. 11). Tejada said he accepted the apology, but does not intend to respond (Oct. 31).
"I don't want to say anything to him because he know what he's done," Tejada said (Oct. 31).
Tejada received a standing ovation when he was walked out to the field with a walking boot and Mets cane before Game 3 of the NLCS (Oct. 12). He will no longer have to wear the boot in a matter of weeks and will be ready for spring training (Oct. 31).
The Mets rallied to win the NLDS in five games and swept the Cubs in the NLCS to advance to the World Series.
"I'm happy because we're here and he's at home," Tejada said of Utley (Oct. 31).