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Carl Crawford forgot how to slide over the winter (Video)

Carl Crawford is known for his speed, so sliding into second base should be nothing new for the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. Still, guys can get rusty over the winter. That’s what spring training is for.

Crawford was running with a pitch on Wednesday that ended up being fouled off by Yasiel Puig. He started his head-first slide into second a bit early, which resulted in an awkward bellyflop. He also appeared to hit his face off the dirt.

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After the game, Crawford didn’t mention the sliding play but said he felt some “tightness” in his quadriceps. He is out of the lineup for Thursday’s game, which is probably for the best. His ego could use more of a break than his legs.

H/T Big League Stew

Carl Crawford reportedly trying to stop baby mama Amy Freeman from moving to California

Carl-Crawford-DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is reportedly wrapped up in a nasty custody battle with the mother of his two children. Crawford, who we recently discovered is expecting a child with Evelyn Lozada, is trying to stop his ex-girlfriend Amy Freeman from moving to California.

Crawford and Freeman have two children together — a 9-year old son and 5-month old daughter. As we previously noted, Lozada is reportedly six months pregnant with Crawford’s child. Since he has a 5-month-old daughter with Freeman and allegedly impregnated another woman six months ago, it’s obvious we’re dealing with a sensitive situation.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Crawford claims Freeman has lived in Arizona for the past 12 years and has been raising the former couple’s two children. Crawford says Freeman suddenly packed up, put her house on the market and pulled their 9-year-old son out of school in October.

Freeman supposedly said she is moving the children to California so they can be closer to their father. Crawford isn’t buying it and insists Freeman is just after more of his $142 million contract. California has more favorable child support laws than Arizona, and Crawford believes Freeman is looking to take advantage of that. Therefore, he’s asking a judge to block her from moving to Cali.

Believe it or not, this is the second time we have heard of a custody battle like this. Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash was reportedly dealing with the exact same situation a year ago when his ex-wife was trying to relocate.

Carl Crawford is the father of Evelyn Lozada’s baby

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Evelyn Lozada, the ex-wife of Chad Johnson, is over six months pregnant, and the father of her baby is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.

Lozada’s pregnancy was first reported about two weeks ago. Lozada is a reality TV personality who became known for her role on VH1’s “Basketball Wives” beginning in 2010. She got on the show because of her lengthy relationship with former NBA all-star Antoine Walker. Lozada remained in the spotlight after breaking up with Walker, and she began dating Ochocinco. The two even got married for their spinoff reality show, but she got a divorce and the show was cancelled following a domestic violence incident last summer that led to Chad being cut by the Miami Dolphins.

Since checking NBA and NFL athletes off her list, Lozada has moved on to MLB.

We told you in May that it looked like Lozada and Crawford were dating, and TMZ says the two have been together for around a year. They also say that the pregnancy was planned.

What’s interesting is that Crawford had another child around the time Lozada got pregnant. Crawford’s latest child (believed to be his second) is from the same woman who is the mother of his 10-year-old son. He and the woman — Amy Freeman — were not in a relationship when she became pregnant. Bossip also says Crawford and Lozada were not in a relationship when Amy became pregnant.

If there’s anything we have learned from this story — aside from knowing that Lozada loves her athletes — it’s that at least we know Crawford’s boys can swim.

Crawford has four years left on the seven-year, $142 million contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. He had a bounce-back season for the Dodgers and hit four home runs in 10 playoff games.

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Carl Crawford reiterates how playing in Boston was the worst thing on earth

Carl-Crawford-DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is finally healthy and showing signs of looking like the dynamic outfielder who dominated the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays a few years ago. The guy he doesn’t look like is the one we saw with the Boston Red Sox.

Crawford has played 88 games with his new team, but it is obvious he still hasn’t gotten over how poorly his time in Boston went. He and Adrian Gonzalez have been catalysts for baseball’s best team since the All-Star break, yet Crawford is still happy to rip the Red Sox when asked about the past.

“That was one of the toughest times in my life, ever, from when I was a little kid, 1 year old,” Crawford told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon. “It definitely was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life to be traded over here.

“You make $20 million, but it’s not like they’re begging me to hit a home run every time I go up there, you know what I’m saying? It’s not like I need to go 5-for-5 every at-bat and, if I don’t, I’m considered the worst player on the planet.”

Talk about an incredible exaggeration. Crawford appeared in 130 games for the Red Sox in 2011 after inking a seven-year, $142 million deal. During that span, he hit .255 with 11 home runs, 56 RBI and a pathetic on-base percentage of .289. No one expected him to hit a home run every time up or go 5-for-5, he was just expected to earn his $20 million salary by producing runs consistently.

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Is Evelyn Lozada dating Carl Crawford?

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Are Evelyn Lozada and Carl Crawford dating? That’s the rumor.

Hip Hollywood reported this week that sources and eyewitnesses told them the reality TV star and ex-wife of Chad Johnson is dating the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. They also say Lozada was in New York last month at the same time as the Dodgers.

Bossip countered the report, saying Lozada was in New York at that time for personal and business purposes. They also say Lozada is single, not dating anyone, and isn’t even friends with Crawford.

So, whom do you believe?

In December, Lozada made a public appearance with Johnson. The two are no longer on good terms, so we know she’s done with him. But Lozada has dated former NBA player Antoine Walker in addition to Johnson, a former NFL player. It’s only natural that she would move on to an MLB player.

Let’s just hope Crawford is not involved with her. Things have not ended well when it came to Lozada’s last two relationships.

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MLB reportedly upset with Carl Crawford for blue and white Jackie Robinson cleats

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford put his own personal spin on Jackie Robinson Day during a game against the San Diego Padres on Monday. As you can see from the photo above, he wore mismatched Jackie Robinson commemorative cleats.

Crawford wanted to show off both the blue and white Jordan PEs that he, Jimmy Rollins and CC Sabathia received with the No. 42 on the back to acknowledge the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking down baseball’s color barrier. After seeing that Rollins had changed cleats before one of his at-bats on Monday, Crawford decided he would have a little fun with his new kicks. This did not please Major League Baseball.

According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, Crawford’s agent received a call from the league office telling him not to wear either the blue or the white special edition Nike Jordan PEs in a game again.

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

That’s exactly right. The league doesn’t want players to have any fun with their uniforms, just as the NFL didn’t want Lance Briggs paying tribute with this patriotic gear or Earl Bennett rocking his lucky orange cleats. Like it or not, that’s the way it goes in the world of professional sports. Crawford probably knew there was a risk going in and just didn’t care.

Carl Crawford: Boston media was ‘worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life’

Carl Crawford needs to stop complaining about his time with the Boston Red Sox. At the end of the day, he was a horrible fit with the team. Injuries made life more difficult than it had to be, but Crawford plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers now. Until he succeeds with his new team, blaming the Boston media for his struggles on the east coast is pointless.

However, Crawford continues to talk about how unbearable life on Yawkey Way was for him. On Thursday morning, he told CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler that he was a bad fit with the Red Sox from day one.

“I think that’s the truth,” Crawford said. “It just wasn’t the right place for me at the end of my day. I didn’t do my homework. Maybe they didn’t, either. At the end of the day, it just wasn’t the place for me.”

Crawford took the blame for his poor on-field performance while with the Red Sox, but he once again essentially scolded the media for being a bunch of meanies. A few weeks ago, the former Tampa Bay Ray described the environment in boston as “toxic.”

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