07/14/06 3:23 PM ET
Crisp ready to heat up second half
Center fielder chats online with Red Sox Nation
By / MLB.com
Coco Crisp: Hey Red Sox Nation, let's chat.
powdaman: Coco, what was it like to come from Cleveland to a storied franchise in Boston to play in the same outfield where big names like Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Dom DiMaggio played? How did you adjust to playing center field in Fenway with the big Green Monster?
Crisp: I've always wanted to play here, so to get the chance to come here from Cleveland is like a dream come true. You never really think about the fact that you're playing in the same field as the greats before you, but now that I think about it, it's pretty cool.
Base_Ball: Coco, any news on your album and or your acting career?
Crisp: There's no news personally, but from a record label standpoint, I have artists that I'm trying to get going.
powdaman: Coco, heck of a catch you made in center field shortly before the All-Star break. I don't think the camera angles did your catch any justice. It seemed you had to run not only far towards left field, but also back towards the monster.
Crisp: Thanks, I wish I had some better pictures!
Forrest__Hester: What does it feel to make a play of the year in front of millions of fans?
Crisp: It's a great feeling. For me it's better than getting a game-winning hit. It's pretty much the best feeling that a guy can have, unless you're Big Papi hitting a game-winning home run.
soxfan688: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today, Coco. How does it feel to be a member of a team that has a realistic shot at making it to the World Series?
Crisp: Feels good to be a part of a team that has a chance of making it to the playoffs. Keeps you in the game, out there having fun.
Base_Ball: What do you think about living in Boston? Do like like the town?
Crisp: Besides California, this is the best place I've lived. I'm happy to call it my second home.
mtalinm: When you bat left-handed it looks like you are flipping your fingers up and down on the bat. Why do you do that?
Crisp: I don't know why I do it, it just became my habit. Now it's funny when I see it myself. There's no real reason.
riz319: How do you feel about Kevin Youkilis hitting in the leadoff spot, since that was one of the primary reasons you were brought to Boston?
Crisp: I'm OK with whatever position I hit in the lineup. Youkilis is doing a great job in the leadoff spot and I would keep him there myself. Plus, we're winning, and that's the biggest part of it. But if needed, I can always slide back down in there!
riz319: Where is your favorite place to play, aside from Fenway?
Crisp: PNC park, where they just had the All-Star Game that I missed. I would've loved to have played there.
riz319: Do you follow any other sports?
Crisp: Football. I'm a big fantasy football player. Shaun Alexander's gonna take me to the championship this year.
rsgal2006: Who is your favorite teammate?
Crisp: To be honest I like everybody, but if I had to pick anyone that I'd want to hang out with it would be Willie Harris.
nikegirl20: Is it more exciting or stressful playing against the Yankees, considering the history of the rivalry?
Crisp: I'd definitely have to say it's more exciting, mainly because of the fans. The louder they get, the more your heart starts racing.
Base_Ball: Coco, would you suggest that I keep you on my fantasy team or go for someone else in the outfield?
Crisp: With me being a fellow fantasy player (football, not baseball) I would bench me right now, but keep me on your team, cause I'm 'bout to get HOT!
ccrispbaybeex3: How's your finger Coco? I notice every game that you have some sort of guard on it.
Crisp: Fine, thank you. Just for precautionary reasons, when I get on base, I wear the guard even though I really don't have to.
law14: Coco, what would you be doing if you were not playing baseball?
Crisp: I'd probably be a Hollywood movie star, have written a couple of books, climbed Mt. Everest, broke the skydiving record -- things like that. Naw, just kidding. I probably would've been a boxer.
rsgal2006: What are you goals in the second half of the season?
Crisp: Just to continue to play as hard as I can. No statistical goals, but whatever it takes to help the team win.
Crisp: Well, gotta get going, gotta get ready for batting practice. Going to the weight room to lift some weights and get ready for tonight! Thanks for chatting with me.
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