Crawford said his worst time as a Red Sox was the team’s September collapse in 2011.
“[It] for me was one of the worst years I ever experienced in my whole career,” he said. “I just didn’t seem to have one good day. I can’t really explain why that was the case. Just couldn’t get it going. We were in first place for most of the year but we had that bad fall. I took a lot of the blame for myself. That offseason was the lowest offseason I had in my life. It took a lot for me to come back and start all over.
“That first year was more mental for me, realizing I was in a place that was totally different and making those adjustments mentally. A little bit harder than I expected. It was tough to adapt to that lifestyle and focus on playing baseball at a high level.”
There were lineup issues. Terry Francona and Bobby Valentine felt they had to handle him with kid gloves.
There were issues about his physical condition. For the longest time the Red Sox would not acknowledge that Crawford needed surgery.
Then the Dodgers came along and bestowed a great gift upon the Red Sox: We’ll take Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, just give us Adrian Gonzalez.
And so Crawford is happy to be wearing his new jersey, No. 25 in Dodger blue.
“I feel like it’s a second chance,” he said.
Crawford feels he can return to the player he used to be. He’ll soon be free of injuries and pain. He still has his legs and a will to succeed.
You should root for Carl Crawford. He’s a good man. He’s a great athlete.
Boston was just the wrong place at the wrong time.