Chase Utley might play for the Dodgers, but his namesake rule has been one of the biggest themes of the Blue Jays season Royals Womens Custom White Jersey
, right through to the way they won the American League division series against the Rangers on Sunday night.It started in April, when Toronto lost a 3-2 game at Tampa Bay when a replay review showed that Jose Bautista came off second base with his takeout slide on Logan Forsythe, rendering it illegal and turning a wild throw that gave Toronto a 4-3 lead game-ending double play.I gue s well come out wearing dre ses tomorrow, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said then to criticize the just-implemented rule, sparking a controversy over casual misogyny in sports.MORE: Each team's worst postseason memory, revisitedIt continued in May, in Texas, during a rematch of last years division series, when Bautista angry over being hit by a pitch from Matt Bush delivered a purposeful, vengeful, Mike Moustakas Jersey
completely garbage slide that violated the Utley Rule and led Odor to punch him in the face. With correct application of the rule, Justin Smoaks ground ball became a double play and the Blue Jays went on to a 7-6 lo s.The only thing mi sing in the 10th inning on Sunday night was Bautista, because he struck out against Bush before Ru sell Martin hit a double play ball to shortstop. This time, it was Edwin Encarnacion sliding into Odor, whose throw got away from Mitch Moreland at first base. Josh Donaldson raced home from second with the winning run, reminiscent of Eric Hosmer in last years World Series, and the Blue Jays advanced to their second straight ALCS with a 7-6 victory.There was a video review, and Encarnacions slide was ruled legal. The rule, in case you Lucas Duda Jersey
need a refresher, states that a runner who initiates or attempts to make contact with a fielder should be called for interference if he does not engage in a bona fide slide.MORE: Toronto councilman trolls RangersA bona fide slide consists of four elements: beginning to slide before reaching the base, having an ability and making an attempt to reach the base, having an ability and making an attempt to remain on the base and sliding within reach of George Brett Jersey
the base without changing paths for the purpose of initiating contact.Encarnacion, unlike Bautista in April and May, completed a bona fide slide. He popped up at the end of it, perhaps influencing Odors wild throw, but he maintained contact with the base throughout the proce s, and the pop-up motion is a natural and accepted part of slides.The Rangers have a lot to regret, but nothing to complain about with the play that ended their season. The Blue Jays, having finally mastered the art of breaking up a double play within the standards of todays rules, now stand four wins away from their first World Series since 1993. That it all went down the way Whit Merrifield Jersey
it did only suggests that the baseball gods have a sense of humor.