Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/6/12

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford said Thursday night he heard a racial slur from a nearby fan early in his minor-league rehabilitation game in Manchester, N.H.

Crawford is getting into playing shape with the Class AA Portland, Maine, Sea Dogs against New Hampshire Fisher Cats

The left fielder said the fan was using a racial slur while criticizing his $142 million contract.

"He actually called me a racial slur to begin the game," Crawford said. "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. It's not that bad in Boston, like that."

Crawford, who is African-American, signed seven-year deal with the Red Sox before last season. He hit .255 in 2011 and has yet to play this season after elbow ligament surgery and a wrist injury.

Overall, Crawford said the fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium were good. He noted the number of fans of the Sea Dogs, who are the Red Sox's Class AA affiliate, in the stadium of the Fisher Cats, who are the Blue Jays affiliate.

"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. They want you to produce when you sign a contract like that. I can't be mad at them. All I can do is get ready to play this year and try to produce."

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