We posted a link to this earlier today, but a lot of people are asking, so here it is on the front page (click on image for a larger version)…
There is apparently some talk that this play was in retaliation for Kotchman’s slide at second base in the second inning.
We went back and looked but neither broadcast shows a good replay. Kotchman actually slides early as he ducks under the relay throw. So it definitely wasn’t a late slide. And the Red Sox broadcast shows Dustin Pedroia running off the field just fine.
So until we see a replay that shows that Kotchman went in spikes-high, we are just going to assume this is just Red Sox fans trying to justify a dirty act.