Kuoter Crawford, Matt Strahm ejected and fined for anthem standoff

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Cooter Crawford and his former Boston Red Sox teammate Matt Strahm paid the price for their standoff after the anthem on Saturday night.

Both players were ejected from the Red Sox–Phillies game and fined by the league for not leaving the field after the umpire's warning. You can watch the standoff below, courtesy of WEEI's Rob Bradford.

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Crawford's penalty was particularly heavy as he is currently on the 15-day injured list. Luckily for the 27-year-old right-handed batsman, who is on a pre-arbitration contract, he will get some help from an experienced partner.

“If you get thrown out and you're on IL, you get crushed,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sunday. “There's a guy I know who went to the same school who might have been her caretaker.”

The guy Cora is talking about is none other than Chris Sale. Crawford and Sale both attended Gulf Coast University.

For Strahm, the former Red Sox reliever probably won't be in another impasse anytime soon.

of it was planned. That's it, (the) anthem was over and I looked over and Kutter gave me a grin and I know exactly what that grin meant, so just stood there,” Strahm said. per bradford, ,

“If you know me, you know is everything to me, so I felt like that's where I was called. Looking back, it probably wasn't the wisest decision of my big league career.” … I guess I should have known better how strict they are with the pitch clock.”

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The Red Sox will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies and extend their winning streak to nine when the two clubs face off on Sunday.