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Coco Crisp's wide slide: A turning point everyone might forget

Big League Stew

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The last time Coco Crisp made a slide of note during a Red Sox-Rays game, it sparked off a next-day brawl between the two teams at Fenway Park in June.

His slide on Sunday night, however, may have ended up being more injurious to his team. Running to second on a ground ball hit by David Ortiz to Akinori Iwamura, Crisp slid wide of the bag in an attempt to break up a double play that would've ended the eighth inning.

However, Crisp got such a good break on the ball that replays showed he most likely would've beat Iwamura's throw if he had just simply went straight into the bag. That would've loaded the bases for Kevin Youkilis, who drew a walk from J.P. Howell in the next at-bat.

Of course, there's no way of knowing if the umpire would've gotten the call correctly or if Youkilis would've been issued a free pass, but like the strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out of Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth, it was one of the little moments that added up to a Red Sox elimination.

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