(American Spectator) -- The media furor over Chase Utley’s hard but unexceptional slide into second base Saturday night, and Major League Baseball’s gross over-reaction to it, demonstrates once again how completely the liberal world-view has penetrated the once red-blooded realm of competitive sports. The only thing that separates this slide from most of the thousands of others over the last century in baseball is that Ruben Tejada’s right leg was broken in the collision. Because it was, the media and MLB went straight for the victim card, leaving their sense of proportion in the infield clay of Dodger Stadium.
All baseball fans regret Tejada’s injury and hope he returns, at 100 percent, with the New York Mets next year. But Utley did nothing wrong. His play under the circumstances was to try to break up a potential double play in the time-honored way this is done in the bigs (as well as in college ball and the bushes). He would have been derelict if he had not done this. And his hard slide was within the base lines and ended up an easy reach for Utley to touch second base. There was harm, but no foul. That is until Major League Baseball’s downright peculiar interpretation of events and the two-day suspension of Utley handed down Sunday. Utley immediately appealed the suspension. The appeal will be heard today.