First off – got to hand it to the Dodgers fans. Ala Patriots fans with Deflategate, they are working the internet and coming up with every inconsistency they can find when it comes to the punishment of their guy.
At some point, Utleys appeal will be heard. Which means at some point his side will present their case of why they believe no suspension is warranted. Which means the league will then decide what to do.
You can darn well bet that Utleys appeal will include rolling tapes of rolling slides that did not result in a suspension. There will be no short supply. Utley could even use his own non-suspension for this slide, though I think that would be highly inadvisable.
But while I think we can all agree that takeout slides from the 1972 World Series have no bearing, I do think it is going to get very problematic for MLB as the examples get closer to present day. Joe Torre was in charge of punishment when Matt Holliday did this in the playoffs
And he most certainly was in charge when Didi Gregorius had this collison 5 days before Utley
To be clear, I am not pulling a Don Mattingly here – takeout slides are wrong and need to go. And MLB has certainly held to punishments in the past despite lack of precedent. But Joe Torre has to know that at some point, he is going to have to explain why he is suspending Utley, and apparently never even considered it for Gregorious or Holliday. Or any of the other players Dodger fans will uncertainly dig up very soon.
Should be interesting