Matt Holliday’s slide in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series may rank right up there with one of the cheapest shots in playoff history. Holliday took out Marco Scutaro during Sunday’s game which knocked Scutaro out of the game and potentially the rest of the series. Some people will say it is hard-nosed baseball but there is no reason at all to start your slide just a few inches from second base and fly across the base to break up the double play.
That play is more like a play that was seen in the playoffs back in the 1970s where it looked more like football on some slides into second base. Thankfully for everyone, those kind of plays have gone mostly by the wayside but Holliday seems to want to bring them back again.
I’m not sure if the San Francisco Giants have any plans to exact some sort of revenge on Holliday during Wednesday’s Game 3, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Holliday gets brushed back or hit at some point and the St. Louis Cardinals should be ready for that.
There is no reason for plays like that, we have seen fights break out on plays like that before with tough base running like Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson about 40 years ago. I was even tempted to think that Holliday could get an ejection with that slide especially with the fact that Scutaro had to leave the game but no one gets ejected from playoff games unless it is something completely over the line which this apparently wasn’t. I love tough, hard-nosed baseball, but slides like that must go.