Yesterday, Delmon Young was asked about comments made recently by Carl Crawford, in which Crawford refers to the circus that surrounded the Rays in 2007. Crawford referred to Young and Elijah Dukes as two players that “got some growing up and maturing to do”.
Young at first declined to comment on Crawford’s statement, but then couldn’t help himself, saying that he and Dukes are not to blame for the losing ways in Tampa Bay.
Afterwards Crawford dropped the gloves.
“These are exactly the the kind of distractions we were talking about with the Rays, a young guy popping off at the mouth, talking too much,” Crawford said. “He needs to just shut up and play baseball.”
Crawford said that if Young didn’t fully understand his comments about the Rays benefitting form having fewer distractions, Crawford said will be more than willing to explain it. After reading Young’s comments in the Times early Friday morning, Crawford was animated in his response: “Nobody even mentioned the word losing, losing games. We know we’ve been a losing franchise. He just wanted to say something back like he’s always running his mouth. That’s what he does. He runs his mouth all the time. Nobody was blaming him for anything. For him to come back at me was a personal attack. I feel that if there is anything that he is unsure about, tell him I would be more than happy to say it in his face, or any kind of other way, that would make him understand.”
Wednesday April 16. Mark your calendars. That is the first time the Rays will face the Twins this season. We have a feeling Delmon Young will be Gettin’ A Delmon of his own sometime in that series.