In the top of the first inning and with one out, Allen Craig was up to bat. He hit a grounder to Brandon Crawford who started to turn the double play.
Matt Holiday was on first and did what every baseball player is taught to do – he tried to break up the double play. Marco Scutaro took the throw from Crawford when Holliday slid into him. Holliday slid into Scuatro’s left leg which then got pinned under Holiday.
The Giants didn’t retaliate by throwing at Holliday. Instead, Scutaro extracted the best revenge one could do. In the bottom of the fourth inning he hit a two run single that helped extend the lead for the Giants.
Scutaro exited in the fifth inning because of pain he was having in his hip. Last I heard, the x-rays were negative. I don’t know if Scutaro is expected to play in Wednesday’s game or if Ryan Theriot will start. What I do know, however, is that this slide is really being blown out of proportion.
I started reading on Twitter that it was a “dirty play”. It didn’t seem to me to be a dirty play – it just was a regular baseball play. It was something that everyone that plays the game is taught: do what you can to break up the double play.
If this was the regular season, I might have been a little angry at Holliday. However, it isn’t the regular season. The winner of this series will represent the National League in the World Series.
Look, I get it: Giants fans are still a bit sensitive over collisions. In 2011, Buster Posey suffered a bad collision while he was blocking the plate that forced him to miss the rest of the season. Giant’s fans complained that it was a bad play because it was in the regular season. They called that play dirty as well.
Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying – I don’t advocate dirty plays in baseball. I don’t think that throwing at someone’s head, or other dirty plays have a place in the game; plays like that would get me just as upset as anyone else.
I just don’t get upset at regular baseball plays. I think I missed the memo – since when did baseball fans complain about legitimate baseball plays? Maybe I’m just getting older, and the game has passed me by at the ripe old age of 28.