St. Petersburg, FL-- This is the 9th year, and maybe the last, that Carl Crawford has been starting in left field for the Tampa Bay Rays. Already, he's the Rays' all-time leader in 11 different offensive categories.
But we don't know much about the quiet speedster from Houston. So, I sat down in the dugout with Carl Crawford to find out a little bit more about him.
Dave: "Carl, is this the best you've ever been?"
Carl: "It's one of my best years. Yeah, it's probably the best so far, as far as all-around and doing everything. Yes, it probably is."
Dave: "We see so many stories about young athletes, when they get successful, they make bad decisions and get into trouble. You, on the other hand, are one of the quietest guys I've ever met. I never hear about you off the field."
Carl: "We play 162 games, there's no time to get into trouble. I go home, go to sleep and get some rest. I don't understand how guys do it anyway. I know there's a lot of temptation out there, but I do a good job of just going home, resting and getting ready for the next game."
Dave: "Are you nervous at all about next year, the fear of the unknown, because you don't know what's going to happen next year?"
Carl: "I get nervous about it a little bit, but I just figure it's part of life. You grow, you have to do certain things you don't want to do. But it's one of those things, I'll take it as it comes. I've never been afraid to venture out. That's the approach I'm going to have. I hope something happens where I don't have to leave here. That would definitely be good. Either way, I don't think it would be a bad thing."
This Thursday, Aug. 5, Carl turns 29 years old and becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.