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Gonzalez, Crawford criticize Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 14, 2013 02:31 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Out in Arizona at Dodgers camp, former Red Sox players Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are speaking out against the Red Sox.

Here's what Adrian Gonzalez told USA Today:

"Chemistry is something you need to have among the players but also with the owners, the coaches and the front office. It needs to be complete. In Boston we had great chemistry among the players – we loved each other, we were together – but that was only among the players. It wasn't there with the rest. That's why the team didn't win. It needs to be an organization-wide thing.''

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino was asked about it.

"It's hard for me to interpret what he was saying. I haven't seen it before. It sounded pretty general. He could have been referring to, I suppose, coaches, managers, front office people. I'm not going to comment on all the possibilities. I really don't know. I have fond feelings for [Gonzalez] and I wish him great good luck where he is. I don't see it as an overall accusation against the franchise."

Carl Crawford also spoke about his time in Boston.

"I knew with the struggles I was having, it would never get better for me. I just didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel. It puts you in kind of a depression stage. You just don't see a way out," he told the Los Angeles Times.

"Toughest two years of my career, by far. From the outside, you watch guys playing over there and you think you can go and play. But you realize, once you get there, it's a little tougher than you expected."

"It was just everything. Me not playing well. Me being in an unfamiliar area in an environment that was toxic. Just all those things combined. You start to say, 'Is this ever going to end?' "

Asked if he regretted signing with the Red Sox, Crawford replied, "A lot of times I did. You hear a lot of talk about how I just wanted money. At some point, you just wondered if you made the right decision."

Crawford hit .260 with a .292 on-base percentage in two seasons with the Red Sox. He hit 14 home runs in 623 at-bats and stole 23 bases.

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