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08:29 AM ET 10.08 | Carl Crawford didn't quite let the ovation wash over him, but he certainly noticed. "I thought that was really neat. I didn't know that was going to happen. That was really nice of the fans," he said. "I try not to get emotional about too many things but it was a time when things started running through your head and you kind of got a little soft." ... Crawford's contract is up after this season, and Rays ownership has been preparing for his inevitable departure. There are already plans to slash payroll next season, so even if the Rays could give Crawford a long-term deal of $100 million or so, it would chew up too large a percentage of available funds. "I always have hope (of staying)," Crawford said. "This is the organization I've been with since I was 17. You always keep that little ounce of hope."

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Carl Crawford , AP Carl Crawford , AP
October 8, 2010  08:32 AM ET

Wow, Crawford is gonna make some team very happy (& much better)

October 8, 2010  08:37 AM ET

Well i was reading that the top teams to be in hunt for Crawford are The Angels and Red Sox

October 8, 2010  08:39 AM ET

I've learned that you still have to get that final out first. See Sox '86 ALCS and '04 ALCS. So to say he won't be going back to Tampa is premature, but I sure as hell hope he's played at the Trop for the last time. GO RANGERS!

October 8, 2010  08:40 AM ET

Then after thinking that he thought to himself..."screw that, I'm about to make some serious coin"....See ya Tampa!

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October 8, 2010  08:53 AM ET

The Rays have been awful the last 3 weeks of the season and it's carrying into the playoffs...they should have won the AL East by 10 games.....

October 8, 2010  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I've learned that you still have to get that final out first. See Sox '86 ALCS and '04 ALCS. So to say he won't be going back to Tampa is premature, but I sure as hell hope he's played at the Trop for the last time. GO RANGERS!

Well said, bro...

October 8, 2010  09:38 AM ET

Yes, all 7 Rays fans in attendance were seen to be quite teary eyed at the end of their last home game this season.

October 8, 2010  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I've learned that you still have to get that final out first. See Sox '86 ALCS and '04 ALCS. So to say he won't be going back to Tampa is premature, but I sure as hell hope he's played at the Trop for the last time. GO RANGERS!

In both those instances it involved the Boston Red Sox...

... Boston's franchise is surrounded with good AND bad fortune lol

Look at the '86 WS.

October 8, 2010  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I've learned that you still have to get that final out first. See Sox '86 ALCS and '04 ALCS. So to say he won't be going back to Tampa is premature, but I sure as hell hope he's played at the Trop for the last time. GO RANGERS!

In both those instances it involved the Boston Red Sox...

... Boston's franchise is surrounded with good AND bad fortune lol

Look at the '86 WS.

October 8, 2010  10:21 AM ET

even if they win the series and WS for that matter. crawford is playing his last season in a rays uniform. they simply will not be able to afford him.....the fans, the management, the team, and the rest of the league know it. players might only have one chance to get a max contract and for 99.8% of the players will and should seize that opportunity.
yeah, the bosox are the obvious choice but don't be surprised if he ends up playing for the Phils next season especially if Werth leaves and they can move Ibanez. don't count the Rangers out either.....chance to play in his home state???

October 8, 2010  10:35 AM ET

Man, I know the Cards can't afford him, but I'd love to see this guy wearing the Birds on the Bat

October 8, 2010  10:39 AM ET

"Rays fans bid farewell to Crawford"...... both of them

October 8, 2010  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Forget Crawford. The Rays themselves are going to be bidding farewell pretty soon.

tru dat

October 8, 2010  10:53 AM ET

He's going to look real good in Yankee pinstripes!

October 8, 2010  11:19 AM ET

Carl..Alright.. Tell them thanks for the memories.. But I'm on a paper chase.. See Ya!

October 8, 2010  11:47 AM ET

At least they'll have some extra picks in next year's draft. So they have that working for them.

October 8, 2010  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow, Crawford is gonna make some team very happy (& much better)

He will be in Angel RED next year!!!!

October 8, 2010  12:46 PM ET

Crawford to the Pirates and the free spending Royal Nutting Family!

 
October 8, 2010  12:54 PM ET

"This is the organization I've been with since I was 17. You always keep that little ounce of hope."

Right, the guy's bags are probably packed already, and who can blame him?

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