No suspension handed to Crawford yet after ejection
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford hadn't heard Tuesday from major league baseball officials about any potential sanctions, one day after he was ejected for arguing after a close play at first base.
Crawford was called out by umpire Paul Nauert after hitting a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop in the third inning of Tampa Bay's 9-7 win over Baltimore Monday night. Crawford immediately spun around after crossing first base, ran toward Nauert and then used both hands to throw his helmet to the ground.
At that point, Nauert ejected Crawford. The Devil Rays All-Star then jumped on the back of Tampa Bay first base coach George Hendrick, who had gotten between the pair.
"I don't know what's going to happen," Crawford said Tuesday. "I just never got angry in front of the public like that. It's not so much me not getting a hit, that was an important part of the game. I've never got into it with the umpires or nothing like that, but for some reason calls go against me a lot of times. If I've done something to the umpires that I don't know about, I would like to take this time to apologize."
"I saw his foot off the base, I saw me beat the ball," Crawford said. "I was pumping my fist because I just knew I was safe. It surprised me more than anything."
Crawford hasn't watched a replay of the play.
"I don't even want to watch the tape," Crawford said. "I don't want to get madder every time I watched it.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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