Jason Turbow, author of “The Baseball Codes,” a great book about the game’s unwritten rules, has an excellent take on Matt Holliday’s vicious slide that injured Marco Scutaro in Game 2 of the 2012 NLCS. I think the Giants are smart to avoid overt retaliation, and instead just offer up a beat-down on the Cardinals on the field.

The Baseball Codes

The Giants said all the right things Monday about Matt Holliday’s slide. Although they universally questioned its timing, placement and function, to a man they denied feeling like Holliday intended to injure Marco Scutaro.

Unfortunately, he did injure Scutaro. After Holliday took San Francisco’s second baseman out, breaking up a double-play with a chop block to the knees, Scutaro responded with two hits in three at-bats before being removed from the game and taken to the hospital for tests. (Watch it here, or a gif of the play here.)

The Giants, hewing to propriety, said all the right things. Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, however, summed up the parameters fairly neatly in an interview for The Baseball Codes.

“The only time I have a problem with any opponent is if you slide on the back side of the base—if you jump over the base and…

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