The Mets lost to the Dodgers 5-2 in game two of the NLDS last night, a game which hinged on a vicious slide by Chase Utley which injured Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. The Dodgers went ahead in the 7th inning thanks to the play, and Tejada, who suffered a broken leg, will miss the rest of the playoffs. Utley is now the most hated man in NYC, to put it mildly.

Here's the play in question:

Here's how much the play shifted the game:

And here is but a sampling of the reactions from fans, sportswriters, and other players:

And if you think any of that is harsh, then you haven't seen the Post's take on it. Revenge apparently is a dish best served with a baseball to the body.

If Utley thought he was detested, despised and reviled in New York already, he has no idea what he’s in for. You thought it was ugly when John Rocker returned to the scene of his verbal hate crimes? Maybe you remember Pete Rose leveling Buddy Harrelson back in the ’73 playoffs, and the way he was treated the rest of his career at Shea Stadium? Those were Hallmark cards compared to what’s coming.

After the game, Utley told reporters he never intended to hurt Tejada: "You're taught from a young age to try to break up double plays. I think that's winning baseball." Mets players weren't as sure: "Only Chase knows what his intent was,” said David Wright. "There’s a way to play the game hard. In my opinion he wasn’t anywhere near the bag." Mets infielder Kelly Johnson asked, "I want to know why there's not something in place to protect us. And not jump into, break fibulas and knock people out of games."

Outfielder Michael Cuddyer called it a "tackle," and manager Terry Collins summed it up: "It broke my shortstop’s leg. That’s all I know."

Utley is no stranger to these types of "tough" plays, especially when he was menacing the Mets as a star on the Phillies. This wasn't even the first time he had used such a tactic on Tejada.

Although he said he did not think the slide was a violation or interference, MLB Chief Officer Joe Torre did promise to review the play, with the possibility of Utley being disciplined after the fact. "I hate to think Utley tried to hurt somebody,” Torre said. “It certainly was late. That concerns me. The lateness of the slide...I have to determine if I thought it was excessive, I guess is the word, on the slide. Not that you shouldn't slide hard, but as I said, just the late slide is probably the only thing that's in question right now."

Several commentators—including ones on ESPN—have argued that even if the call was correct, it is a sure sign that MLB needs to change that particular rule. SB Nation sees the rule change as inevitable: "We'll look back at articles like this in five years and laugh. They'll be the tattoo you got when you were 18, the quote in your yearbook. What were we thinking? How could it possibly be okay to obliterate a player at one base, but not the other? How did it make sense to risk career-threatening injuries just because that's the way it's always been?"

Game 3 will take place at Citi Field on Monday. Despite a lot of fans calling for retaliation against Utley, Cuddyer said it wasn't in the cards: "It’s the playoffs, the best retribution for me is to win the series," he said. "Physical retribution, that’s another time another place, another series, another year."