BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16, 2011: Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox, who did not start in the outfield, walks to the dugout after a 4-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park April 16, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Nobody seems to be more reviled around these parts right now than Carl Crawford, and I kind of hate it.
Is he struggling at the plate? Yes. Everyone does at some point or another for whatever period of time, and it's fair to be frustrated, but at the same time Crawford has done just about everything off the field that you would usually expect to result in, well, a fan favorite.
I point to this. Has he looked bad? Yes, but bad luck sort of tends to feed itself as guys start pressing. Once he finds his stride, Crawford will be quite the contributer. Now, moving on to another great guy whose contract people complain (rightfully) about...
While it's not quite the roaming closer situation many around these parts support, it's close to that. I just hope Tito won't hesitate to bring Bard into the game in the fifth or sixth if the situation calls for it.
Of course, ironically enough, through the first few games of the season it's actually Jonathan Papelbon who should be putting out all the fires.
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