This isn’t the first time we have been down this road and unfortunately it probably won’t be the last

Was Watching is worried about the Yankees giving Carl Crawford a contract with too many years next winter. Why? We’ll let them tell you…

Two things about Carl Crawford: One, he’s very “street.” Think Mickey Rivers meets Rickey Henderson – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Two, I dunno why…but…I just have this feeling that he’s one of those players who will be out of the game by the time he’s 35 years old.

Let us get this straight. He is “very street” and there is nothing wrong with that. But it is one of the two reasons that the Yankees shouldn’t give Crawford a 7-year deal.

If you will give us a moment, we would like to address Steve Lombardi of Was Watching

Mr. Lombardi,

Have you lost your god damned mind?!?

Why is Crawford “street”? We don’t know. You don’t explain your reasoning, so we are left to speculate.

Is Crawford “street” because he has a neck tattoo? Did you know that the tattoo is his astrological sign, Leo? Nothing “street” about being into astrology.

Is Crawford “street” because he doesn’t talk like you? We have no idea where you are from, but we are going to guess that it is not the south. We suggest that you expand your horizons beyond the northeast and visit the south some time. You will find there are a lot of nice people that talk just like Crawford.

Is Crawford “street” because of the way he acts? We have been following Crawford’s career very closely for over 10 years. Ask our readers how often we are critical of or make fun of the Rays and their players (a lot). Ask them how often we have been critical or made fun of Crawford (very rarely). He has been an absolute model citizen. We don’t remember a single incident in which Crawford acted “street.” Whatever that is.

Or is Crawford “street” because he has a neck tattoo that you don’t understand, you are not familiar with people that talk like him, you have no idea how he acts…and because he is black? Do you prefer that African-Americans that play for the Yankees not have tattoos and sound more like you?

We certainly hope this is not the case. And we are going to give you the benefit of the doubt and give you a chance to explain what the hell you are talking about. Because right now? You just sound ignorant.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Ignore him. He's an idiot. We Yanks fans make fun of him all the time. He's quite possibly the worst Yanks blogger out there. He's always overly pessimistic (even right after we won the WS). His excessive bashing of Brian Cashman and underestimating of the Yankees organization overall is astounding and is pretty funny now (that's the only reason I read his site at times...seriously). He thinks that both Hughes and Chamberlain are busts and will be off the team within 3 years.

    Long story short, he's a dumbass and never listen to what he says.

  2. He actually explains his "street" comment in the comments section of the offending article. Check it out.

  3. BJ is my Homeboy says:

    Victoria Beckham has a neck tattoo! She must be "Street"

  4. Anonymous says:

    Also, read some of the comments on that post. He tries to explain what he said but makes it worse. For example:

    Just to clarify the “street” comment…

    If you’ve ever heard Crawford interviewed, you probably understand this…

    His communication skills are very far from polished. He’s not Jeter, Granderson, A-Rod or Teixiera like in terms of the way he presents himself verbally.

    Further, have you seen the huge tattoo on the side of his neck? Somehow, I don’t think you’ll see Mariano Rivera or Andy Pettitte running out and getting one of those too.

    But, like I said, when it comes to being a baseball player, this means little – hence the comment “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    From Joe Jackson to Mickey Rivers to, well, I dunno, somebody current, there’s been great ball players who weren’t all that smart and couldn’t speak all that well.

    I’m just making the observation about Crawford in case that type of thing is important to you, as a Yankees fan – in case you feel like all Yankees should be Madison Avenue types who walk and talk like commerical spokespeople, etc.

    That’s not Carl Crawford. But, again, doesn’t make him a bad person or a bad ballplayer. Just means he’s got more of a “street” image than a college or boardroom image. And, if you’re like me, and like “real” people, as they are, then it should be a non-issue for you.

  5. Beth says:

    Carl Crawford is the least "street" professional athlete I've ever watched play. I would vote him the Ray most likely to be found in his hotel room, calling home and watching TV after a road game.

    But if being a black man with a Texas accent makes him street to this ignorant blogger, so be it. Rays fans, I think we should copy this and send it to Carl as an example of the BS he'll encounter should he sign with the Yankees. Carl, stay away from the Evil Empire -- they will destroy you!!

  6. sweez says:

    He's also too fast, young and athletic for the Yankees. That's really not their thing.

  7. Don says:

    The best part is "If your like ME, and like REAL people......this should be a non issue....after he already said it WAS!
    Well saying CC is a "street person" and thus should not be a Yankee, in HIS eyes.... is about the same as a Klu Klux Klan member saying Obama is black..... so he should not be president.
    CC's speaking ability plus tatoos... probably disqualifies him from teaching law at Harvard, but if he would like to play baseball on my MLB team, he is welcome anytime (even at $15MIL)....

  8. Em says:

    As a native of Dade City, Florida who recently relocated close to New York City, I've gotten my fair share of "oh, so you're from the country" by which "from the country" in mid-Atlantic parlance means "southern white trash," though not quite so insidiously. This guy is just an idiot. And besides, the Yankees aren't quite as WASP-y as they used to be, if they ever were. Just look at A. J. Burnett. He has a southern drawl and a bunch of tattoos - is he "street"? Nick Swisher doesn't exactly come across as a Frank Sinatra-loving guy, either. But that hardly matters! Why can't these people just focus on athleticism?

  9. Jason W says:

    hey whatever keeps him away from the Yanks and Soxs.I'm not a fan of racism but if the Soxs and Yanks dont sign players because they are to "street", Then Crawford is as street as they come

  10. Luis D says:

    Lacking baseball knowledge this dumb yankee blogger probably thinks CC is an outlaw when he hears Crawford got a lot of hits and steals, confusing him with a subway thug from Brooklin or the Bronx, He probably has a real limited vocabulary. Forgive him. Stupidity is a pathetic disease.....

  11. Kirk C. says:

    Tremendous post. It's mind boggling that someone with the audience of Was Watching would write something like that. It will be even worse if he gets away with it. You can't insult someone's background and intelligence and then hide behind "not that there's anything wrong with that". If you're gonna say something that suggestive, have a set and stand behind it.

  12. Kirk C. says:

    Just went back to Was Watching and he's posted something again explaining his comments. This time he defends himself by referencing an article where he praised Rickey Henderson to prove he isn't racist....sounds a lot to me like the old "I'm not racist, I have black friends" excuse. Then he clarifies his definition of street as a person as "someone with street smarts as opposed to being the type of person who does the crossword puzzle in the Times every Sunday...".

    How many current Yankees do you envision as crossword enthusiasts?
    Gimme a break.

  13. As usual brother, you nailed this one. I wrote about it here...

  14. Thanks for the entertaining Saturday afternoon, Professor. Watching that guy backtrack and eventually close out his comments was priceless. And Yankee fan wonders why people don't like Yankee fan. This is a perfect example.


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