ST. PETERSBURG — Leftfielder Carl Crawford was surprised at how much talk there was, and some of the things people — including Yankees catcher Jorge Posada — were saying over his Tuesday game-ending attempt to advance to third on a flyout.
"People can say it was a dumb play all they want, but that's the way we play, and I'm sticking to that," Crawford said. "And if that situation comes up again (Wednesday), I'm going to do it again. They can say it's stupid all they want, I don't care."
Crawford was taken aback by the volume and tenor of the criticism given the way the Rays play, and the relaxed atmosphere they play in. (Which certainly didn't make it sound like he'd enjoy it the other way, such as in New York, which has been an oft-rumored destination for the free-agent-to-be.)
"I just heard how dumb of a play it was," Crawford said. "To me, they are dumb people because if they watch us play all year they would know that that's what we do. To end the game or not, we're just not a team — okay, the Yankees, every little game like that, they probably go and get uptight and be mad about that kind of stuff. That's not going to happen over here. You know that. So they need to understand the coach of the Rays, and then call somebody dumb after that."
He also sounded a bit stung by the second-guessing in the Yankees clubhouse, led by Posada, given the tremendous throw from rookie Greg Golson — which Rays manager Joe Maddon called "an absolutely incredible Roberto Clemente-esque" play.
"I saw where Posada said he couldn't believe it (that he tried to go to third); and I'm like, You need to believe it, because that's how we play," Crawford said. "He plays against us all the time. You can't believe it? That's probably the first time he ever saw me get thrown out like that. Hollering about he can't believe it. I can't believe I was out. That's what I can't believe."