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Carl Crawford and John Henry have made up

Feb 26, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford told reporters earlier this month that he “wasn’t happy” about Red Sox owner John Henry expressing to the media last season that he was “personally opposed” to the former Ray’s seven-year, $142 million contract.

Rather than continuing to air their frustrations through the press, player and owner had a sit-down meeting recently in Red Sox camp. It lasted around 10 minutes, and it apparently went swimmingly.

“He was apologetic and I accepted his apology and we both agreed to just move and go from there,” Crawford told WEEI in Boston. “When someone is genuinely sorry for something, you can tell. I think he was genuinely sorry for it. I apologized for the season I had. Had I played better, he wouldn’t had to say that so we just both exchanged words that were good. I think we were able to clear the air and now it’s just time to move on.”

Crawford, a .296/.337/.444 hitter during his nine years in Tampa Bay, batted just .255/.289/.405 in 539 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox. He also stole just 18 bases after swiping 47 for the Rays in 2010.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    So basically both parties agreed to “play nice in the sandbox” until the next time.

  2. alexb64 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    It’s cute that someone in the Red Sox’ publicity office believes fans are naive enough to think that there’s totally no hard feelings about the team owner saying he didn’t want their expensive free agent OF. I mean, the words “I’m sorry” are magic & practically make it like it never happened! Issue totally over.

  3. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Am I the only person who went from having no opinion about Red Sox ownership to actively disliking John Henry in the course of one offseason? Between the childish leaking of Beers and Birds-Gate, the way they handled everything with Theo, and now trying to spin it as if they won’t completely blow the team up if they don’t make the playoffs – I’m thinking J.H. surrounds himself with a lot of Yes Men.

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Try asking a Feesh fan how they feel about John “If you build it, they will come” Henry – we regard him as little more than Scrooge McLoria’s John the Baptist.

  4. alexo0 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    This gives me hope that soon the Red Sox players and fans will apologize to each other for what happened last September. Time heals all wounds.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    He can say he’s sorry but that doesn’t take back the fact that he said he never wanted Crawford. So if Crawford bats .300 and steals 50 bases will Henry say he knew signing him would be a great idea?

    • bigharold - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      I think he was sorry about publically stating that he did want Crawford. Also, Henry’s reasoning was that the team was already too left handed not that Crawford wasn’t a good player. And, he couldn’t have been that adamant about it, after all, he signed off on a huge contract.

      Henry should have apologized because coming out and saying what he did was not only stupid but pointless too. There was no advantage to be gained or point to made. This has the potential to be a tag line for every time Crawford does anything whether it’s good or bad for the rest of the time he’s with the RS. Imagine Crawford get the game winning hit in game 7 of he WS and the announcers pointing that the owner didn’t even want to sign him. Not to mention it’s more than a bit cheesy when the OWNER distances himself like that. For a guy that owns several teams in team sports that is a profound lack of leadership.

      And,for the record, .. Crawford isn’t likely to steal 47 bases ever again now that he can’t run on Capt Sucker Punch for 19 games a year, .. unless some other AL east team is stupid enough to give Varitek a starting catchers job.

  6. randygnyc - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    John Henry is a stone cold RACIST.

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      You usually have good reasons for your comments. Why do you think that of Henry? I mean, I detest the guy because of his posturing and bullshitting and ultimate apostasy here in Macondo, but still, it’s not like he’s the post-Johns Hopkins transgendering clinic’s answer to Marge Schott or anything.

  7. neelyisgod - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Should have gotten rid of Henry and kept Theo. After all, the compensation would have been about the same. Nothing for nothing.

    • Old Gator - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Maybe so, but owners don’t generally get rid of themselves in deference to their general managers, you know? That kind of behavior would reduce late capitalist civilization to rubble – not that it isn’t on the way there anyway, mind you, but at an exponentially increased rate at the very least.

  8. tropboi11 - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Crawford was better as a Ray cause the Red Sox suck, have fun being in third place again this year

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I wonder how much crow John Henry had to eat to apologize to Crawford. Here’s a guy worth probably a billion dollars who just paid a guy a $142,000,000 to hit .254 with a .289 OBP and .694 OPS

    He must think he’s in “Bizzaro World”

  10. deathmonkey41 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I wonder if Crawford used some of that 142 million to wipe his tears away?

  11. pisano - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Theo went after Crawford with this stupid offer, but John Henry had the final say, so he has no one to blame but himself, and as another poster said , have fun finishing third again this year.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    the only thing john henry is sorry for is the 7 years or whatever it was that he gave crawford, this will go down as one of the worst FA signings of all time

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