In his first season with the Boston Red Sox last year, Carl Crawford—who signed a seven-year, $142 million contact in December 2010—was, more or less, a bust. He batted just .255 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs in 130 games. So, it's probably safe to say that a lot of Bo Sox fans aren't exactly thrilled with him right now. But, one heckler stepped way out of line during a game last night.
While making a minor league rehab start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night, Crawford was repeatedly taunted by a guy who was sitting directly behind home plate. And, after the game, he explained that the guy resorted to being blatantly racist to try and get under his skin.
"He actually called me a racial slur to begin the game," said Crawford, who is rehabbing an injured elbow. "People in Boston don't even do that. So, I don't know what that was about. It's not that bad in Boston."
Sigh. Unfortunately, we can't say we're super surprised to hear this. But, c'mon—there's no place for "fans" like that at a baseball game. So, the next time that guy shows up, somebody point 'em out.