(Globe) -- Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, on a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland, had a fan direct a racist comment at him during Thursday night’s game in Manchester, N.H. Crawford first said a fan called him a “racial slur” following the Manchester Fisher Cats’ 11-3 victory over Portland at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. He elaborated on the allegation Friday night. Related Speaking in the Red Sox clubhouse before the series opener against the Yankees, Crawford said he was signing autographs pregame when the fan called him a “Monday.” This is a less familiar racial epithet, one many people might not know as a derogatory term. Urban Dictionary defines “Monday” as “Another way of saying [the N-word] without getting caught.”

Have people heard of this? Calling black people “Mondays”? I like to consider myself pretty well-versed when it comes to offensive terms but I can definitively say I’ve never once heard of someone calling a black guy a Monday. It doesn’t even really make sense to me. I guess people hate Mondays and racists hate black people so it kinda works? Still seems like a weird one for Crawford to get mad over. It’s so out there and weird that it seems more funny than vile. I don’t know, pretty strange. All I know is that the Boomtown Rats song about shooting up a school because you don’t like Mondays just got a whole lot weirder.

Although I have to give credit where it’s due: Crawford answered that question perfectly. Handled it like a true professional. He may be incapable of taking the field, but he can field a question.