Slide Ruben, Slide!

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What the heck happened last night during this play at home in the fifth inning that saw Ruben Tejada waltz in without so much as a hit or a slide?

Putting aside the fact that Tim Teufel should have never waved Tejada home, what the hell was Tejada thinking?

Apparently he wasn’t thinking at all because he was confused.

“He didn’t know what to do, so he did nothing,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He said, ‘I didn’t know I could hit the catcher.'”

One of the most exciting plays in any baseball game is that proverbial play at the plate. There’s something fascinating about watching how a confrontation at the plate unfolds, especially a close play.

Last night wasn’t close at all, but an attempt by Tejada to bowl over the catcher or try and tag the plate with a hook slide, would have at least increased the chances for the Mets to score. I mean do something for crying out loud!

But instead of a collision or a great slide, there was nothing but confusion. Awful job by Tejada.

“He does have to slide,” Collins said. “He has to do at least that.”

(Photo: USA Today)

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