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MLB didn’t like Carl Crawford’s mismatched Jackie Robinson commemorative cleats

Apr 17, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Carl Crawford wore mismatched Jackie Robinson commemorative Nike/Jordan cleats–one blue and one white–in tribute Monday night, and apparently MLB didn’t approve.

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Crawford’s agent got a call from MLB “instructing him not to wear either the blue or white special edition Nike Jordan PEs in a game again.” And according to Saxon there may also be a fine coming.

To which Crawford said: “I was like, ‘OK, he had a little fun with it, so let me have fun with it.’ The league doesn’t want us to have any fun, I guess.”

  1. greysolon - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Thought it looked good. The league should have just let it go.

  2. scubagolfjim - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Funny how people can’t understand that a dress code is a dress code. A rule is a rule. I remember when an NBA player choked his coach in practice. The team dismissed him. But the “arbitrator” ruled against that saying that there was no precedent set for the punishment. THERE WAS NO PRECEDENT FOR THE INCIDENT. That was the precedent setting time. Fail. So if MLB let’s this rule violation slide, when DO they start enforcing the rule? Maybe when a player comes out to the field with his pants hanging down around his ass? Set the precedent in every occurrence. You want to have “some fun” going against the rules? Have fun writing out that check.

    Vote it down. I couldn’t care less. I’ll bet some of you saying “it’s okay” are the some of ones that were screaming about Tiger’s drop in the Masters. Rules were not made to be broken. That’s the childish attitude. Rules are rules. Live by them, or get out of the game.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      As though wearing shoes in the team’s colors is somehow the end of civilization as we know it.

    • abaird2012 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      Thumbs down was mellowed a little because of correct usage of “couldn’t care less.”

    • lawrinson20 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Sure. That’s the same thing. Choking a coach and a legal ‘loophole’ is an appropriate analogy for a player who went an extra step towards commemorating an MLB event.

      The dress code is a rule. Sure. It was also somewhat modified when MLB has all players wearing the same number.

      I don’t blame, at all, MLB for advising Crawford not to do it again. But, fining him is beyond stupid. This wasn’t a typical baseball day. The guy specifically wore gear that was designed for this specific occasion.

      “Rules are rules,” eh? I would suggest you examine your own life, and assess whether you actually KNOW every rule for every situation in which you find yourself. Do you always concede to them? All of them? Never found yourself five miles per hour over a speed limit? Never contrived a tax deduction? Give your high horse a rest and some water, please.

  3. electstat - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Surprised he didn’t get suspended one more game than Quentin.

  4. tipstopten - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Different colored shoes, I like that better that the softball uniforms(long pants) that a lot of players wear. What happened?
    I guess the union runs major league Baseball.

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