Listen, Carl Crawford: I get it. You signed a huge deal that came even with larger expectations, and things didn't work out. Fans were mad, segments of the media were out of their minds about you and other things, and when injuries kept you out for most of 2012, nothing became any easier.
Times were tough here, for both you and the Red Sox. But the two parties went their separate ways almost a year ago today, and now you're in Los Angeles, in a situation you like better, with fewer expectations upon you, and you're on a first-place team again. Yet, you're still complaining about your time in Boston.
"That was one of the toughest times in my life, ever, from when I was a little kid, 1 year old," said Crawford. "It definitely was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life to be traded over here.
"You make $20 million, but it's not like they're begging me to hit a home run every time I go up there, you know what I'm saying? It's not like I need to go 5-for-5 every at-bat and, if I don't, I'm considered the worst player on the planet."
Crawford said he has been cautioned to hold his tongue when talking about his two seasons in Boston, but he said, "It [ticked] me off so much, the things I had said about me. I have the type of spirit that, if you say something to me, I'm going to say something back."
I get this, too: you were asked again about your time there and how much better your life is now that you're thousands of miles away, and you answered truthfully. You're an honest dude, and I'm fine with that. But at least give an answer that makes people sympathetic to you if you're going to continue with the "Boston was bad and it should feel bad" thing.
No one was asking you to go 5-for-5 every night to avoid being the "worst player on the planet." It would have been pretty cool if you went, oh, I don't know, 2-for-5 on some nights, or managed to draw a walk every now and again. Instead, you played in 161 games total while with the Red Sox, and hit .260/.292/.419, well below average. You drew 26 walks in that entire span, or, three more than you've managed in just over half as many games with the Dodgers this year. You stopped stealing bases -- you do need to be on base to steal, after all -- and played a poor left field despite your defensive reputation. I get that you were dropped in the lineup nearly from the start, but it's not like your performance afterward did anything to suggest this was the wrong decision, unless never letting go and having it continually affect your performance every day for two years counts.
Now, there are reasons for all of the above: the Red Sox should have known you'd lose a little something after leaving turf behind, and when put in front of a short left field wall that required instincts rather than pure speed for success. Plus, you were hurt and missing time, or playing hurt and not doing as well as you or anyone else hoped -- it's understandable you'd be below expectations. Hell, I've made all of those excuses for you before.
But do you think you could maybe meet us halfway, if you're going to keep talking about it? This "5-for-5 or worst living player" shtick doesn't do you any sympathy favors, and it makes me write about something that has been over for a year for everyone but you. Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto gave some boring answers when asked the same stuff; could you please bore us the next time this comes up?
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