But after Tampa Bay's 3-1 win, Crawford said No. 60 wasn't really a mark he aimed for this season. He just likes to run as much as possible.
"I never have a goal or nothing," he said. "I just try to steal as many as I can and try to help the team out. I never really have a set number that I'm trying to get to."
The 28-year-old came into the game third in the Major Leagues in steals behind the Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury (66) and the Astros' Michael Bourn (60), and he was 0-for-2 since picking up No. 59 on Sept. 18
With Tuesday's swipe, Crawford, who reached first base after working a one-out walk, became the third American League player this decade to reach the 60-steal plateau and the fifth player since 1989 to record 60 RBIs and 60 steals in a season. The only others in that class are Rickey Henderson (1990), Marquis Grissom ('92), Kenny Lofton ('96) and Jose Reyes (2006).
Leg issues may have forced Crawford's stolen-base total to plummet to 25 last season, but he feels being banged up actually made him a better base-stealer.
"Being hurt last year and having to play the whole season and try to steal bases with a bad ankle, it kind of makes you pick out the little things on how to get better," Crawford said.
"Just being able to watch last year from the bench helped a lot for me."
Through eight seasons, Crawford has compiled 362 steals -- an average of just over 45 a year -- which easily makes him the franchise leader in that department. The second-place player is B.J. Upton, who's swiped 242 fewer bags.
"He's an unbelievable ballplayer," Upton said. "He's done it year-in and year-out. I think, obviously, he should be an MVP candidate every year. He's a great ballplayer, and he's going to continue to get better."
Crawford, who finished Tuesday 0-for-3 with a run scored in Tampa Bay's third consecutive win, is batting .307 with 14 home runs, 67 RBIs and a career-high 51 walks this season.
Rays manager Joe Maddon believes it's the best he's seen from Crawford.
"He's really grown -- even the drawing of the walks," the skipper said. "I love the fact that he's working a better at-bat also. He's more cognizant of accepting his walks and [has] just an overall better game -- heightened awareness of the game. He wants to be a better baseball player. He's working to be a better baseball player, and I think he's grown nicely."