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No-win situation for Crawford

Posted Apr 17, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Apr 17, 2008 at 12:09 AM

MINNEAPOLIS—When you’ve spent your entire life doing everything your body will allow to catch any fly ball within reach, you do exactly that when given the opportunity.

So Carl Crawford ran down and caught the fly ball off Mike Lamb’s bat that ended up carrying foul, allowing Delmon Young to score what proved to be the winning run in a 6-5 Twins victory.

“It was just one of those plays,” said Crawford. “I didn’t know if it was going to be fair or foul; I was just thinking about the out.”

No one on either side faulted Crawford for following his instincts, especially on a play that could have gone either way.

“It’s tough in this dome to look up, see the ball, and try to judge where the line is, then try to pick the ball up again,” Young told reporters in the Twins’ clubhouse.

Said Joe Maddon: “He didn’t know how close he was to the line right there and goes and makes the catch. It was obviously a big play, but not knowing exactly where you are when you’re running that hard, you’re just going to go try to make the play, and that’s what he did. Conversely, if the ball had been fair and he’d let it go, then all of a sudden… It’s a tough moment for him right there.”

Crawford’s only hope was that the Rays would be able to put one more up in the ninth off Joe Nathan, just as they had been able to bounce back throughout the game.

“I wasn’t really worried about the one run too much,” he said. “I understood what I did, but by then it was too late.”

Reader Comments

Por (Mark) on April 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Could the Rays leave Bartlett in Minnesota and bring back Harris? Over the last 4 games Barlett has 4 infield hits to raise his avg. to .191, Harris is hitting .372, they both made erros tonight, but Barlett is on a worse pace for errors than last season when he led all MLB shortstops in errors, he is awful, And by the way, leave Navarro wherever, Riggans and Difilice have improved that spot.

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Por (Gary A. Babich) on April 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Until the Rays have a consistent and healthy line up for more than two games in a row they will continue to lose between (85-90) games a season. The team has more talent then ever before but they don’t know how to win.
It’s more than ability, it takes continuity, which they lack greatly.

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Por (Eugene McColgan) on April 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m willing to give Bartlett some time to settle down and CC has always given us his best, so he gets some slack.  But BJ needs to hit the cut off man and Riggins needs to be aware of game situations.  There was an easy out to be had at 3rd that he let away.  Hinske either needs to be more accountable in the field or give up his glove.  And someone, besides Bartlett, has to be able to bunt on this team!

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Por (Frank Ferreri) on April 17, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What a horribly played major league game by the Rays.  Mentally this team is simply “not in the game”.  One disturbing trait of a Maddon team is the lack of concentration and fundalmentals.  Sure Joe talks a good game, however, it ends there.  Maddon’s spring of accountability needs to start with him!  Of course, after two years of “we played hard and we are young” how do we expect anything to get better.  This is a good baseball team that needs a managerial change.

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