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Amid the boos Carl Crawford starting to heat up for Red Sox

May 10, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford was booed at Fenway Park last night before becoming the game’s hero with a Green Monster double that gave the Red Sox a walk-off win in the 11th inning.

Even before the game-winning hit Crawford was quietly getting back on track following a terrible start to the season. Since his batting average dropped to .135 on April 22 he’s hit .305 with seven extra-base hits and an .802 OPS in 15 games.

Obviously playing well for 15 games doesn’t mean Crawford is destined for a great final five months and that good stretch hasn’t even pulled his season totals up far enough to avoid the home crowd’s boos, but the $142 million man has at least been performing like his usual self for a few weeks now.

  1. Jonny 5 - May 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Man he’s always been a Ray. I figured he’d need time to adjust to the residuals of bean eating wafting down from the crowd.

    No really, moving to Baaaahhhstan is probably a big life changing experience for the guy, and I’m not shocked by his performance so far. He’ll be fine from here out I think.

  2. bbopes - May 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I watched the game, he didn’t get booed last night…where is this coming from? Asked a few others who watched too, they didn’t hear anything…he certainly was booed when he was struggling, but even then it was nothing compared to what I’ve heard for other players…

    • hdanger10 - May 10, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      I was watching the game and heard when he was booed. It was with a runner on second bottom of the 4th. He hit a ground ball to second, while the ball was heading to second everyone was booing.

      • bbopes - May 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Well to whatever extent it was, not sure it was worth mentioning as the subject of the story…plenty of hitters in our lineup are getting booed this season, some with good reason…flip side is there are plenty of idiotic fans who would boo Pedroia after a bad week, so I don’t put much stock in the pink hat crowd reaction anymore…I also don’t think we’ve been that hard on Crawford anyways…

    • Ace - May 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Yeah, I was at Fenway a few days ago, and Crawford wasn’t booed at all. Folks were most definitely cheering for him whenever he came to the plate (even before he hit that triple). So hopefully after a few more productive games, the fans will be more forgiving of him when he happens to kill a rally here and there.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Crawford will be fine.

    He may never live up to the contract, and that may be contributing to his struggles. He’s putting pressure on himself to perform.

  4. CJ - May 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    but if it happened it Philly it’d be front page news. Double standard!

    Dude gets left for dead in LA and after a month no one talks about it, but everyone knows who booed Santa.

  5. jkay123 - May 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Even if he bats 305 for the whole season, with minimal pop, and of course a nice amount of steals, that’s worth his contract? Jeter will end up batting around 300 and he should hang it up.

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