Joe raises a mug of Folgers Brazilian this morning to Rays slugger Carl Crawford. If there was still any chatter that the Rays should trade Crawford in the next few weeks, the Rays slugging left fielder all but put that to rest last night.
Sure, the Rays pitching was solid. But if not for Crawford’s blast behind the right field seats in the eighth inning, a critical insurance run in the Rays 3-2 win over the Red Sux, who knows how that game ends? The Rays bullpen is just about taxed and an extra-inning game was not wanted nor needed.
No, no need to trade Crawford. He’s just about the only guy who didn’t go into a June swoon for the Rays.
CC is needed. Maybe four or five years from now, the fruits of the draft picks the Rays will receive for losing CC in free agency will begin bearing fruit in the Rays new tank (ballpark), wherever that may be.
Hey, Joe can still dream, right?