- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)49
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Hopper Road to close for months during construction of Veterans Drive (04/27/16)9
Crawford snares MVP award
A leaping catch at the wall kept the game tied in the seventh.
ST. LOUIS -- Carl Crawford raced back to the left-field fence and leaped, his glove barely extending over the 8-foot wall.
For a moment, everyone waited. And then the Tampa Bay speedster raised his mitt for all to see -- yup, he caught it.
Crawford made a timely grab and snatched the All-Star MVP award Tuesday night, robbing Brad Hawpe of a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of the American League's 4-3 victory over the NL.
"He hit it pretty good off the bat and I didn't think it was going to carry that far," Crawford said. "I don't think I've ever even robbed a home run before. Picked a good time to do it tonight."
Making his third All-Star appearance, Crawford was elected by his fellow players as a reserve. He came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and singled his first time up before finishing 1 for 3.
Crawford became the first Tampa Bay player to take home MVP honors at the All-Star Game.
"It feels great to help the team win," he said.
Considered one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, the 27-year-old Crawford leads the majors with 44 stolen bases. He is batting .309 with eight homers, 39 RBIs and 58 runs for the defending AL champion Rays.
A three-sport star in high school, Crawford was so talented that he considered playing basketball at UCLA or option quarterback for Nebraska.
But he stuck with baseball, and it's proved to be a great choice. His outstanding catch helped the AL improve to 12-0-1 in the last 13 All-Star Games -- including seven straight victories.
"That's part of my game, playing defense," Crawford said. "You can bring that to the field every day."
Asked if the catch Tuesday night was his best ever, Crawford was quick to respond.
"It's got to be the top play," he said. "I was over the wall. It would've been a home run."
Waiting near the mound to receive his award, Crawford received warm hugs from several Tampa Bay teammates, including first baseman Carlos Pena.
Even his own manager was impressed.
"I've never seen him to do that. The way he got to the position was great and obviously the catch was fantastic," AL skipper Joe Maddon of the Rays said.