When Carl Crawford signed an enormous contract with division rival Boston, the Tampa Bay Rays lost one of it's all-time greatest players. In it's short history, full of consistent losing and doubt (with shades of joy and little success), 'CC' was a nine year force, the Rays true all-star and, so it seemed, the franchise player. Crawford, in the end, will have spent a majority or large chunk of his career with Tampa when all is said and done.
So what if he makes himself Hall of Fame worthy (if he hasn't already) in Boston? Does he go in with the Red Sox cap or will he be the first to enter the hallowed Hall with a big 'T' and 'B' and a sea creature burned into a bronze bust?
Wade Boggs may, technically, be the first Rays player to have entered the Hall but almost everyone (except, it seems, Boggs himself) agrees that he is not in the Hall due to his time in a Rays uni (he is representing the Red Sox in Cooperstown). So, then, if not really Boggs and, let's say, possibly not CC. . .then who? Who will be the first true Tampa Bay Ray to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
*note: I write primarily, if not completely, about basketball and am completely out of my league with a baseball article. If I make any glaring errors just tell me nicely and I'll fix it or go hide in a corner and cry.