Feb 24, 2009
Since joining the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2002 Carl Crawford has become one of the most prolific base stealer's in baseball, and is a two-time all-star for the reigning American League champions.
A veteran leader, and a player who has led the league four times in stolen bases probably won't be in a Bulls uniform again unless it's on an injury assignment. But what if the Tampa Bay Rays played the Durham Bulls in a one game exhibition for the fans?
"I would love to come back there and play," Crawford said. "You know I did it one time against a big league club and I always was waiting for my time to go back and play. Just because you love the city so much when you were there you want to go back and see how things are."
There currently is no exhibition between the two teams scheduled. Crawford reiterates wanting to go back to Durham doesn't mean he wants his stay to be indefinite.
"I don't want to go back to the team no more," Crawford kidded. "It would be nice to go back for one day to see how everything is, it's such a historical place to play."
Before heading to the major leagues he spent 85 games with the Durham Bulls and was named the International League's Rookie of the Year. Then at just 20 years old, he was called to the big club after posting a .297 average at the AAA affiliate. After six full season in Tampa, he still has a soft spot for Durham.
"I don't think you would hear anyone say any bad things about Durham," Crawford said. "We all loved it and we're glad to make the people proud up there and know we started in a good area first."