Dodger Carl Crawford Warned for Wearing ‘Jackie Robinson’ Cleats

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crawfordshoesmlb041713Major League Baseball warned Los Angeles Dodger slugger Carl Crawford against wearing the special edition Jackie Robinson cleats he wore as a tribute on Monday.

Crawford was among several major league players who received two pairs of the special edition No. 42 cleats produced by Nike Air Jordan — one pair in Brooklyn Dodgers blue, the other pair in white. Instead of wearing a matching pair, Crawford wore s shoe of each color on the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in the majors. However, the league was not pleased with Crawford’s uniform violation, ESPN reported.

According to the network, Crawford said his agent received a call from the league office instructing him not to wear either the blue or white special edition Nike Jordan PEs in a game again.

Crawford  said he got the idea to wear one blue shoe and one white shoe after seeing on the clubhouse TV that Jimmy Rollins had changed shoes between his at-bats Monday night.

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

Crawford went 3 for 5 with one blue shoe and one white, so you could see from a baseball superstitious standpoint how he’d want to defy the rules and keep wearing those shoes. But he was back to typical blue cleats for batting practice Tuesday.

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