Re: Crawford can't handle the pressure
posted at 10/8/2011 9:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Crawford can't handle the pressure
Some excellent points. However, perception is often one's reality. In CC's case, his reality, like it or not, is playing on the big stage in Boston in front of sell out crowds night after night, in front of fans that are quick to let you know that you are not performing.
Take Randy Johnson for example. He performed at a very high level in Seattle and Arizona. However, that was not the case in New York. He could not handle the pressure. Like Randy, CC is struggling to make the transition. Can he rise above it? Maybe, but Randy couldn't. Will he have a better year in 2012? Perhaps, but he is going to need help dealing with the pressure.
Think about it, He was very inconsistant and unsure of himself in left field this year, almost to the point where he was probably hoping that the ball wouldn't be hit in his direction. He look very tentative at times in left field. I never so that in TB, in fact I believe he won a gold glove while playing in TB.
I agree, he is putting alot of pressure on himself and that is where the coaches come in. It is their job to help him find a way to play within himself like he did in TB. Comments
[QUOTE]I thought this was another post slamming him, but this is written fairly. I think it was more than he thought it would be, but I also think he will adjust and raise his game to match it. The manager would be a help. I don't know that I'd say he had very little pressure in TB when you look at how they were in the hunt. I think it's more that the pressure here was different in that it became inward, meaning he created most of it himself by trying to live up to his contract and prove to the world that he could handle Boston. "Will you be able to handle Boston?" was what everyone was asking him in ST. Its less that he can't handle Boston, and more like he can't handle himself trying to handle Boston, if that makes sense. Also, let me add here that the idea that Boston is the "BIG STAGE" is one of the things that needs to change in this organization. That is exactly the mind set that I've been complaining about with this team for the past four seasons. MLB is the big stage, the Red Sox are just one team contending for a championship. Realizing that and getting back to the work it entails will help save this team and bring back a trophy. There needs to be a fundamental shift in this big stage mentality. We need dirt dogs and bloody socks that play sound baseball. The idea that players don't face as much pressure because they play in TB instead of Boston is why they keep beating us, and it is part of what created the problem with Crawford. The other team is supposed to choke and pass out just because the "pressure ready" Red Sox took the field, right? Wrong. The Red Sox and RSN need to collectively get over themselves if the want to get back on top.
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