Carl Crawford subjected to racial slur in rehab game
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford has enough on his mind, rehabbing the UCL in his elbow with AA Portland. However, on Thursday night Crawford was the victim of a racial slur, directed at him by one of the fans of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
"Talking about that guy, he actually called me a racial slur to begin the game," said Crawford. He didn't elaborate further as to what was said, but reportedly the abuse centered around Crawford's $142 million contract which he signed last year.
Crawford handled the situation with class in the post-game interviews. "I can understand why people can be upset about me signing a contract and me having the kind of year I had," Crawford said. "I understand, you know? They love their team. They want you to produce when you sign a contract like that. I can't be mad at them. All I can do is get ready to play this year and try to produce."
Last year, in his first season with the Red Sox, Crawford posted a .255 average with a .289 on base %. For his career, he is a .293 hitter with a .333 on base%. In Thursday nights rehab game, Crawford went 1-4 with a triple.