This might have been the first time fans anywhere did not want to see
The fans here wanted Chase Utley's hide during pregame introductions. The boos were long and loud and merciless, and Utley was decidedly and impressively stoic as the camera lingered. The "Utley Sucks" chants resumed later, alternated with the "We Want Utley!" chants.
The crowd did not get its wish. Utley, whose slide Saturday resulted in a broken leg for
Utley had been suspended for two games, but he remained eligible pending an appeal hearing. Officials from the league and players' union conferred Monday and hope to set a date for the appeal hearing Tuesday.
"I'd like to think it can be done before the end of the series,"
Mattingly said he watched
"Never happened before," Kershaw said. "I've seen slides a lot worse."
Said Manfred: "The thought of Joe Torre being bullied by anyone I find to be just a little laughable."
Utley did not comment beyond a statement in which he reiterated he felt "terrible" about the injury and saying he would concentrate on the game.
On Sunday, he had sent regrets to Tejada via a text message to Mets third baseman
"I got the text and I passed it to Ruben," Wright said.