Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan directed a racial slur at him during a rehabilitation game with Double-A Portland on Thursday in Manchester, NH, according to several reports.
The fan reportedly heckled Crawford throughout the game, the player's third for Portland in his comeback from a wrist injury and a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
"Talking about that guy, he actually called me a racial slur to begin the game," Crawford told reporters after the game. "He was the only one I had a problem with. People in Boston don't even do that. So I don't know what that was about."
Crawford said he took some ribbing from other fans over the seven-year, $142 million contract he signed before the 2011 season, during which he hit just .255 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.
"I can understand why people can be upset about me signing a contract and me having the kind of year I had," Crawford said. "I understand, you know? They love their team. Th...