Re: Carl Crawford still whining about his time in Boston
posted at 8/8/2014 10:25 AM EDT
I don't blame Crawford at all, regardless of what he says. He didn't belong here, and he wasn't treated well here. He didn't belong here and everyone, including him, knew it.
He was brought in as a bit of bling to follow up the Adrian Gonzo trade because the Sox front office wanted to undo the PR damage caused by Theo's "bridge year" comment. They were afraid the TV ratings would drop. It was Werner, in fact, who foreshadowed the Crawford deal by saying, right after the Gonzo trade, that they hadn't finished making big deals. Next thing you know, Crawford lands in Boston.
Crawford wasn't wanted or needed -- even John Henry said he didn't understand why they'd brought him in. The sox didn't need a leadoff hitter, and folks were guessing where he'd hit. Third? Fifth? Sixth? For *that* money?
Crawford actually apologized to the Sox fans toward the end of the season because he hadn't played well -- remember, too that he'd been hurt. But he apologized for his and the team's lousy season, and the public saw that as a lack of toughness. Very soon after, all the beer and chicken stuff came out and it was clear the team had done itself in. He was the one person in the organization who tried to own up to it.
So yeah, Crawford has never been worth the kind of money he got, either in Boston or LA. But it was the Sox' mistake that he got a big payday for coming here. Not his. As the Sox like to remind us whenever they let go of a valuable player like Lester, it's a business, after all.