Posted April 25, 2013

Carl Crawford says he didn’t smile his two years in Boston

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Carl Crawford says he was miserable during his two seasons in Boston. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Carl Crawford says he was miserable during his two seasons in Boston. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Crawford signed a seven-year, $142.0 million contract during the 2010 offseason after spending the previous nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Carl Crawford doesn’t want to think about his tenure with the Boston Red Sox. But when asked, he says that he “cringes” every time his mind races back to the debacle that was the Boston franchise during the time he was there, especially last season.

Crawford signed a seven-year, $142.0 million contract during the 2010 offseason after spending the previous nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He was bothered by a wrist injury his first season in Boston.  Crawford was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012 but the same elbow problem showed up again and he was limited to just 31 games before having season-ending surgery.

“I don’t think I smiled in two years,” Crawford told USA TODAY of his time on a troubled team in Boston. “I was just frowning, I started growing grey hairs on my face from the stress and everything for two years straight. When you hear how bad you are every day, doubts spring into your mind. made him wonder if his career was in jeopardy. “Deep down, it’s like I know I can still play baseball but after being told how much you suck for two years straight, it kind of messes with your mind.”

This season, Crawford is batting .314 with one home run and two RBI and is hitless over his last 14 at-bats.

That’s a long way from his Boston start — seven hits in his first 55 at-bats — that was every bit as stunning as the team’s 2-10 beginning in 2011.


20 comments
njp39
njp39

wow he didn't smile in two years even though he signed a $142 million contract. He doesn't even know how good he has it. I guess it's true that money doesn't make you happy

jac53jr
jac53jr

None of the Boston fans were smiling either even though you were treated with respect your first year here after hitting and playing so badly.

opaque
opaque

Crawford is a talented guy who's run into some unfortunate injury issues since he left the Rays, but the uptight, intense and oppressive media cauldrons of a Boston, Philadelphia, New York are plain and simply not geared for certain personalities and this is him basically admitting that he's squarely in that category.

PeterLAX
PeterLAX

Man has reading comprehension become something that no one in this country can do anymore? He's not bashing Boston! He's talking about 1)How he played and his disappointment at how he played, and 2) the general atmosphere surrounding the team and it's awful seasons during his tenure. Grow up!

FeliciaFitzgerald
FeliciaFitzgerald

That bar-stard smiled all the way to the bank. What an ungrateful jerk!

BrianGuinnessboyQuinn
BrianGuinnessboyQuinn

didn't smile?? it was more like "couldn't smile" what with all those injuries. good riddance.

haruko83
haruko83

Kinda tough to feel sorry for a guy pulling down $20 million a year.

clemente21
clemente21

Should've stayed in St Pete then....you were a BUST in Bean Town.  Let's see if you got anything left in the tank.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Yankees fan here, Carl. I smiled a lot for you. 

Robert27
Robert27

Obviously poor Carl had no choice as to where he signed in 2011. Bottom line, this guy was nothing short of horrific during his year-and-a-half in Boston, in every measurable form he was no better a player than Daniel Nava who went undrafted....TWICE.  The thrill he has now playing in Los Angeles is about half the thrill the Sox and their fans got when they were somehow able to dump his non-producing ***.

6marK6
6marK6

You were paid that much money to do nothing and you weren't smiling a little?

Robert55
Robert55

Yes, we know it Boston's and George Bush's fault, Carl! Get over it, you didn't produce and it's your fault only!

thorn5150
thorn5150

We're already tired of his lazy a$$, with any luck he'll fall off a bridge and disappear.

NEPatsFan1961
NEPatsFan1961

Up until Carl Crawford started his whining and moaning about Boston the Red Sox, their fans, etc., I thought highly of him. Now, every time I see his name or hear another bit of his weeping and gnashing of teeth, I cringe. Okay, after his incredible contract deal, maybe all that went wrong wasn't his fault entirely. But cease with the sour grapes, Carl. No one in Red Sox Nation, especially me, gives a fat rat's pajamas about you any more. You are old news, ancient history and a complete and total PITA (Pain In The Able-Sugar-Sugar).

Grow up. Quit your lamentations about Boston and get on with your still wonderful life.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Awww, poor Crawfish! He ought to smile every time he mentions Boston - because it is thanks to the Red Sox and Theo Epstein that he got a contract about twice what any other team was willing to pay. Even if he stay healthy and produced he wasn't worth anything remotely like what he is getting paid. Note that after a hot start his batting average is going down like the Titanic. Soon he be whinging about Dodgers fans - when they grow impatient with a guy getting paid $20 million to hit 9 home runs and steal 25 bases.

ron.kelly.2010
ron.kelly.2010

 @PeterLAX I think he's implying that the reason his performance was so poor was because of the reception he got in Boston. But the reason for Red Sox fans' negative reception was because he was such a washout. Chicken and egg. Except I think fans gave him a chance, he just turned out to be useless. And now he basically blames the fans: "When you hear how bad you are every day, doubts spring into your mind. made him wonder if his career was in jeopardy." The sole good day in 2012 for RS fans was the day they dropped this useless *****.

clemente21
clemente21

 @pandah462 No duh, Sherlock, but I like getting a rile out of GOOBERS like yourself!