Posted by andrewmitch
You know me A.M., I always like trying! I remember 2006, and remember all the yelling about Beckett's "gopher balls". RSN was up in arms that he was a bust, and not living up to his contract. Those numbers don't tell it all, 2006 was not reall a very good year by Beckett. The W/L record doesn't tell the story, didn't he give up something like 30+ HR that year? His "failure to live up to his contract" was one of the big complaints that year as I recall. Injuries to the staff led the way, but Beckett was in there, "he couldn't handle Boston...." etc. I'll admit that the numbers you projected from Lowell are better than I recalled, but my point remains. He was at .320 with 120 RBI in 2007. And then Beckett was out of sight in 07. My POINT is, the upsurge between seasons. Why is it that CC is incapable of that and Mike Lowell was? I'll give you a reason, and it's real simple: expectations. Mike Lowell came in as a throw in to the Beckett deal, under the radar. No one expected much from him beyond the ordinary. Since he "overperformed" he's a hero. Everyone in RSN expected Crawford to be the next Rickey Henderson X2, and NO ONE could live up to what these fans expect, especially at that dollar amount. Money? Who said anything about money? I'm not talking about how much they're paid, I'm talking about performance on the field. No matter how you cut it, it's just human nature to come in and fall down on your first attempt in a place like Boston when you have an understated personality like Crawford. A good percentage of free agents that come here do. Add in that he was a high profile FA, and that everyone was picking this team to win 161 games, and you get what we got. CC is a quiet, softspoken guy that no doubt feels a lot of pressure ot live up to a contract that no one could ever live up to. His head got messed up, and that's a side effect of his personality. He'll adjust. What he needs to do is what I said back in May. Screw the media, screw the expectations, just go play baseball and be Carl Crawford. For whatever reason, he couldn't do that this season and lost confidence. But the bigger part of me believes he will return to form next year if he's healthy. All I'm asking is that people get off his back and let him do whatever he needs to do to get back on track. This attitued that "Carl Crawford will be the most hated man in Boston next season" does exactly what for the team? All that's going to do is make the problem worse. And again, Granderson hit like .255 his first year in NY, just try to pry him out of there now.