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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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.”