Carl Crawford won the MVP Award at this year's All-Star Game in St. Louis by virtue of the home run he stole with his glove, which the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum wanted for display. But not so fast, said the Rays left fielder.
Crawford procured the glove during Spring Training from a Minor League outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization and turned down the opportunity to have the glove put on display at Cooperstown.
"I didn't want to break in a new glove this season," Crawford said. "It was Jon Weber's. I'm pretty sure he is going to tell people, 'That's my glove.' I took it from him in Spring Training. I gave him some bats and stuff for it. I'm going to have to send him some more stuff now."
Not to fret, as Crawford recently supplied many artifacts for the museum.
Brad Horn, communications manager at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, collected artifacts during All-Star Week, and he left late Tuesday night with a bag carrying Crawford's hat. It will be just the latest in a series of artifacts from Crawford, who could have his own exhibit displayed there at this rate.
Last October, the Hall collected Crawford's road jersey after the Rays played in the World Series at Philadelphia. On May 3, he tied a modern Major League record by stealing six bases against the Red Sox, and his blue spikes went directly to Cooperstown. In fact, Rickey Henderson was admiring them while he was visiting there a few days later for his Induction orientation.
"He's had quite an eventful nine months with three different artifacts for us," Horn said. "On any given night, someone can be a World Series or an All-Star Game hero, and we might want something from them, but Carl has had his share of memorable moments. It's the latest in a streak. The cap made the most sense to us, since it was something he was wearing when he made that catch. We've already got a jersey and the shoes.
"At this rate, all we're missing is Carl himself."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.