On Saturday night, Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was the recipient of what appeared to be a Noah Syndergaard purpose pitch, which resulted in Syndergaard's ejection and which was presumably a very belated payback for his 2015 NLDS takeout slide that left Ruben Tejada with a broken leg.
Anyway, by eliminating the Mets' ace by dint of his mere presence, Utley had already proved his worth to the Dodgers on this night. But then he opened the scoring with a sixth-inning solo shot (MLB.com has video).
And then he did this ...
That, people, would be a grand slam, and that would conclude one of the great nights of trollery in recent baseball history. Any thoughts, Mets?
😡— New York Mets (@Mets) May 29, 2016
In matters related, the visiting Dodgers thumped the Mets by a final tally of 9-1 (box score). Utley, 37, is now batting .297/.388/.456 on the season. He entered Saturday with a career line of .282/.377/.522 against the Mets. He's also now hit 38 career homers against the Mets, which is Utley's highest total against any opponent.
Insofar as (possibly) throwing at Utley goes, we are compelled to quote Omar from The Wire: "Come at the king, you best not miss."