ST. PETERSBURG -- A day after making the last out of the game at third base in Tuesday night's 8-7 loss to the Yankees, Carl Crawford said of the play: "I hope nobody gets too upset, but if that [situation] comes up again, I'm going again."
Crawford's sentiments echoed those of manager Joe Maddon, who staunchly defended Crawford trying to reach third base on a flyout to right field.
Maddon talked to Crawford after the game Tuesday night and told him, "I was with you, man. I was with you all the way."
"[Yankees right fielder Greg Golson] made a tremendous play in that situation, and to beat Mariano Rivera, you better be willing to take chances," Maddon said. "If you want to go about it the old-fashioned way, one base at a time, he's going to beat you 99.9 percent of the time. ... I was all for what Carl did."
Maddon reiterated his feelings about what having a runner at third base would have meant.
"There are so many different ways to score from third base as opposed to second base under those circumstances," Maddon said. "And, again, I am all about us taking chances. I have no problem whatsoever with what Carl did yesterday. I kind of liked it. I actually liked it."