C.C. and Longo bring home the Gold

Joining Crawford, and picking up his second Gold Glove, is TBay’s all-star third baseman, Evan Longoria. Longo is the first Ray to win the award multiple times. He is also one of the youngest third basemen to win the award multiple times; only two players – Brooks Robinson in 1960-1961 and Eric Chaves in 2001-2002 – have done it at a younger age.

[image-1]"It still is an awesome achievement and something that I'm very proud of," Longoria said. "It's one thing that every year going into Spring Training and going into the year I really focus on."

With the individual accolades passed out, now Rays fans have to wonder what the next year holds in store for them and their beloved good-enough-to-watch-on-TV franchise. Crawford may very well be joining fellow A.L. Gold Glovers Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Mark Texeira in the New York Yankees dugout next season. As heart-breaking as that prospect may be, I’m hoping my fellow faithful will show enough class to give him just as big of an ovation in his first trip back to the Trop, no matter what colors he wears, as they did for his last appearance in a Rays uniform.

Even if they didn’t do much in the 2010 postseason, the Tampa Bay Rays still brought home some bling this year, as the annual American League Gold Glove awards were announced today.

At long last, Rays left fielder Carl Crawford was rewarded for his stellar defensive play with a Glove; it’s a pity the now-free agent (most likely) won’t be showing off that hardware in the home team dugout at Tropicana Field any time soon. Despite an excellent showing for years on end, this is Crawford’s first time receiving the award; apparently he wasn’t banking on it happening this year either.

"You never know, I figured it was going to be a long shot again [this season]," Crawford told MLB.com. "I was hoping, I really wanted to win it bad. Waiting so long, you just never know."

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