The San Francisco Giants were a team filled with varying degrees of emotion after they watched the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday take a hard slide into second baseman Marco Scutaro in the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS on Monday night.
Holliday's slide injured Scutaro's left hip and eventually knocked him out of the game after playing with the injury for five innings. X-rays were negative but Scutaro will still have an MRI done some time on Tuesday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was clear about his feelings concerning Holliday's slide, as told to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly.
"I really think they got away with an illegal slide there," Bochy said. "That rule was changed awhile back. And he didn't really hit dirt until he was past the bag. Marco was behind the bag and got smoked."
Scutaro's teammates also reacted passionately about the play. And it wasn't even so much the play itself that they were mad about. They were mad that it was a play that involved such a beloved and up-and-coming teammate like Scutaro.
"I was angry," center fielder Angel Pagan said. "Not because I thought it was dirty. I haven't seen a replay to judge anybody, but you get angry to lose a player like Scutaro. I'll die for my teammates. He's a huge reason we're here and I'm just praying that he's OK."
Holliday was remorseful, even asking catcher Buster Posey how Scutaro was doing the next time he came up to bat.