Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Crawford thanks the Rays ... finally
Posted Dec 22, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 22, 2010 at 10:01 PM
BY ROGER MOONEY
Carl Crawford took the money and apparently ran to Boston.
That’s what some in the Rays organization though, since the former left fielder didn’t seem to look back once toward the franchise that helped make him a superstar and incredibly rich.
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg seemed a little put off when talking about Crawford’s new life as a Boston Red Sox, one that will earn him $142 million over the next seven years.
“God bless him, good luck to him, and I’m thrilled we and he were able to put him in a position to take care of his family for generations to come,” Sternberg said Saturday while he helped more than 150 people from the organization build a playground at the Sanderlin Family Center in St. Petersburg.
When asked if Crawford had called to say goodbye, Sternberg said no.
When asked if he expected to hear from Crawford, Sternberg said no.
When asked if would have liked to hear from Crawford, Sternberg kind of said yes.
“We’ve had a lot of players leave,” Sternberg said. “Carl was special to me. When we gave out those rings at the beginning of ’09, he was the last guy to get his ring, and I would say it was one of the more emotional times for me, because I do believe, I’d like to think at least, coming in and doing what we did, those who were here before, front office employees, people in the clubhouse, they feel we did a lot … It was important because Carl went through a lot of the rougher times and he brought a lot here and we did a lot to help him be very successful as well, and I know that’s the case.”
On Wednesday, the best player in Rays history finally said “Thank you,” to the organization with the help of the best player in Buccaneers history.
Crawford ordered lunch from Lee Roy Selmon’s restaurant to be delivered to the Trop, feeding the 150 or so who worked.
“It was a nice gesture,” Rays VP of communications Rick Vaughn said. “It was a nice thank you.”
Nothing says “Thank you” like a BBQ sauce.
Now, how will Crawford thank the Rays fans for their undying support during the past nine years?