This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I still liked Carl Crawford when the Red Sox traded him. He had a tough go of things in his first season in town, then dealt with injuries during his second year, and while some of that was his own doing (a poor stance, pushing himself too hard to come back) it was hard to actively dislike him for caring about being there for the team. Yeah, maybe the Sox overpaid, but collecting a paycheck on the DL, while profitable, probably isn't a whole lot of fun for someone that plays baseball for a living.
If you are of a similar mind, then you're likely to cringe, as I did, when you see that Crawford is still talking about his time in Boston. From Danny Knobler at CBS Sports:
Boston and Carl Crawford were a bad mix.
"I think that's the truth," Crawford said. "It just wasn't the right place for me at the end of my day. I didn't do my homework. Maybe they didn't, either...
...He takes responsibility for his poor on-field performance during his Red Sox career, which ended abruptly, first with the Tommy John surgery that is still slowing him this spring, then with the trade to the Dodgers that finally sent him to Southern California...
..."That smile turned upside down quick," Crawford said. "I think they want to see that in Boston. They love it when you're miserable.
"Burying people in the media, they think that makes a person play better. That media was the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life."
Oh, Carl. This isn't going to make many people in the Boston media happy. Though, then again, maybe Crawford is simply trying to prove a point: he'll call out the media for their love of tearing players down, and then they will tear him down, resulting in another article in a couple of weeks that is just Crawford going, "I told you so" while whichever national media member covers that story points and laughs at the local crew back east for falling for the ruse.
I see your game, Carl. Well played. Seriously, though, here's hoping Crawford does well for the Dodgers once his elbow finishes healing. Just, you know, not as well as Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa do for Boston.
This does make me wonder, though, who Crawford is referring to. Maybe I've already blocked it all from my memory, but was any particular media member or outlet overly hard on Crawford during his time here? I'm sure there was someone, it's just slipping my mind, and early Google searches aren't doing much to fix that, either.