Listen, Chase Utley's Friday Night Slide into Ruben Tejada (video here) was a little over-the-top; not just because the Mets are as harmful a foe as a bike helmet, but because he went behind the bag at 'em.
So, wee David Wright saying they "have to reevaluate the way we go into second base" the night it happened was expected and understandable. But, c'mon Carlos Beltran, for the "time for me to do the same thing he did - slide hard and try to hit somebody" statement to be anything but laughable a day later, at least make a +.500 effort.
You might get the local beat guys to suckle at your whole vengeance teet ...
Beltran gets back at Phillies, Utley [NY Post]
Beltran retaliates for Utley's hard slide [Newsday]
Carlos Beltran attempts retaliation against Chase Utley in 5-2 Mets win over Phillies [New York Daily News]
... but your bumblin' stumblin' manager will prove to have a sharper mind.
"There is nothing wrong with a good, hard slide to break up a double play," Manuel said Saturday afternoon. "We preach that." [MLB.com]
Moral of the story: Get within a kilometer of sweeping the leg or shut the hell up about it already.