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Does Carl Crawford have something against the Yankees and Red Sox?

Nov 1, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

Here’s Buster Olney this morning, suggesting that Carl Crawford might have something against the Red Sox and Yankees:

. . . if everything is equal — if the Red Sox or the Yankees make the same level of offer as the Angels — do not underestimate the impact of the fact that Crawford has built up a competitive callous against Boston and New York in his career. For years, he has been battling against the Red Sox and Yankees, and he will need to be convinced to join them, according to a friend.

I consider this to be in the same vein as “Cliff Lee’s wife hates New York.” Can you dismiss it entirely? No, but you can’t really think this means a whole hell of a lot either. Heck, it probably means less than the Kristen Lee thing on the theory that a guy’s friends — especially anonymous friends — are full of more bullcrap than a guy’s wife is (feel free to argue this point in the comments).  In reality, the offers being presented, in terms of both money and role on the team, are about 77 times more important to any given free agent than the emotional/lifestyle stuff we hear so much about in the early stages of the offseason.

A “competitive callous?”  Whatever. You can buy a lot of pumice stones and moisturizer with the kind of dough the Red Sox or Yankees may offer up.

  1. Charles Gates - Nov 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    ‘Hey bro, thanks for making the Yanks and Sox think they might have to add a few mil to their offer.’ – Carl Crawford

  2. easports82 - Nov 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Johnny Damon had a ‘competitive callous’ too… until the money was on the table.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    For once, I’d like to see a guy refuse membership to a team for reasons like this, actually. I want something other than money to talk, for once, ever.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM

      Actually, Andy Pettitte told the Red Sox to not even bother making an offer when he left Houston and came back to New York. Part of the problem, though, is that typically the agent tells the player to keep his mouth shut, because even if a team isn’t in the running for these types of reasons, you don’t want other teams to know there’s one less bidder.

      • kinggeorge96 - Nov 1, 2010 at 5:55 PM

        I believe Bernie Williams may have done something similar when he was going to be a free agent. He spoke to The Boss after Boston offered their contract, and asked him if he would come close to Boston’s offer… And that was after the Yanks had snubbed him a few times with low ball offers. I can understand no one wanting to go to Boston anyway…

    • bigharold - Nov 1, 2010 at 6:14 PM

      Greg Maddux turned down a much better offer Yankees and went to the Braves. Likely “competitive callous” wasn’t exactly the reason. It was likely more to do with living in NY and or George Steinbrenner.

  4. doctorfunke - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    I can certainly see his point. You build up such a competitive hatred for certain teams based on your own situation (plus it’s not that hard to hate the Yanks and Sox anyways). Somehow in your own head you feel like you will dislike yourself or it will make you become hated by others because you have to contemplate playing for someone that you already personally dislike.

  5. kcloutier - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I believe Mark Texeria picked New York over Boston because his wife liked New York betterthan Boston as a place to live

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