This SportsCenter Sports Science video analyzes Chase Utley's late "slide" into Ruben Tejada from Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. It essentially corroborates what we already knew, that the slide was very late and nearly certain to be injurious. Utley has insisted that he didn't intend to injure Tejada, which is fine and probably true, though it's a bit disingenuous. For example, if I started hucking rocks at Chase Utley because I was trying to knock his hat off, I shouldn't be too surprised if some of the rocks hit him in his face and put his eye out. Hey, I wasn't trying to injure him!
As for the video, the analysis suggests that:
- Utley began his slide just three feet before he reached second base.
- Utley's collision with Tejada's leg exerted 900 pounds of force.
- Utley is a smelly jerk.
- Were it not for Tejada's leg being in the way, Utley's slide would have carried him fifteen feet past second base.
You can watch the 90-second video below.