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July 27, 2009 at 1:37 am ET
Willie Mays Ain’t S#!t Compared To Carl Crawford

When I first saw the graphic the Devil Rays marketing department had come up with for t-shirts honoring Carl Crawford’s MVP performance in this year’s All-Star Game, I was impressed with their boldness.

The shirt, to be given away to the first 10,000 fans wearing Devil Ray gear at Monday’s series opener against the Yankees at historic Tropicana Field, simply says “The Catch.”


Now some might dare to question the appropriateness of using that iconic phrase, since it’s been attached to the famous World Series catch made by Willie Mays back in the 1950’s, or Dwight Clark’s early 80’s NFC Championship game catch against the Cowboys.

Hello, this year’s All-Star game COUNTED.

Clark’s catch had no bearing on home-field advantage in the Super Bowl.  And Mays made his catch in Game One of the World Series.  The modern MLB All-Star Game is now virtually World Series Game One-Half.  Anyone who objectively looks at these three catches and their importance in determining a world champion, will have to conclude that Carl Crawford’s catch is the greatest “The Catch” in the history of human endeavors.

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YouTube of Dwight Clark

Video of Carl Crawford

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And because no post would complete without making fun of the Yankees, I should point out that the first MLB All-Star Game MVP was awarded in 1962. A Yankee didn’t win an All-Star MVP for 38 years, and Derek Jeter in 2000 remains the only Yankee ASG MVP ever. That’s one ASG MVP in nearly five decades of All-Star Games. It only took the Devil Rays 12 seasons to match that.


The Devil Rays are also honoring their other four All-Stars with t-shirts to be given away in the other two games against the Yankees this week, and in next week’s pair against the Red Sox.  They’re a little too St. Louis-centric for my tastes, but check ‘em out:


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2 Responses to “Willie Mays Ain’t S#!t Compared To Carl Crawford”
  1. Adam C says:

    I like Carl Crawford, but even he would admit that nothing he did in the All-Star game was MVP-worthy, much less being mentioned in the same sentence as an actual great play. So bold isn’t exactly the word I would use. I guess it shows how bland that game itself was that a routine catch earned someone a MVP trophy.

    There were 0 hits, 0 runs, and 0 rbi between the 4 Rays shown above – maybe those t-shirts should have shown them riding the pine, or at least swinging and missing. On top of that, 1 Yankee accounted for 2 more runs than the 5 Rays players combined. Now that’s funny. I guess nobody could ever accuse the Rays of not choking when IT COUNTS.

    On the other hand, Edwin Jackson was really impressive in that game.

  2. Franklins Tower says:

    Biased sample based on flawed data.

    Now, had that catch been in last year’s world series AND had the Rays had not been blown out 4-1, then maybe it would have been worthy of some mention. But that’s for naught as the Phillies were clearly the far better team. Plus the Phillies happen to be in first place currently, unlike other teams we know of.

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