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Carl Crawford to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews

Apr 25, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

For Carl Crawford it was one step forward when he played in an extended spring training game last week. And now, it seems, it’s one step back:

 

It’s not always the case that Dr. Andrews plays the grim reaper, but this is potentially brutal news for Crawford and the Red Sox.

  1. plummer2512 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Can this signing get any worse? I really had big hopes for Crawford this year. No more hype no more pressure. I was sure he was going to be the old Carl Crawford this year but he needs to be ON THE FIELD to be that person. I hope it’s nothing serious but it’s usually not good when you hear Dr. Andrews…

    • randygnyc - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Ive said it many times here on HBT. The Crawford well has been poisoned. He’ll never forgive ownership for their hurtful remarks. And guess what, he doesnt have to play for the red sox. He’s taking their money and giving them nothing. If you’re being honest with yourself, you’ll see how that is exactly how Crawford wants it. Sure he may play gain for the Sox. But he wont be back until EVERYONE’S expectations are so low, that he’ll be praised for just showing up, regardless if he makes 3 errors a game and hits .080.

      • vanquish0916 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        dafuq?

      • protius - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        I tend to agree with you. It would be a nice way of saying: Up yours.

      • petey1999 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        So Crawford wants to fail out of spite? That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever read about his “problem”. If anything, he’s hurt himself by trying too hard.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Cody Ross has done a good job hitting in the absence of Crawford. Boston can still score a lot of runs.

    • georgia - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      I’m pretty surprised about Ross’s performance right now. He was barely decent with the Giants last year, but I doubted he could be this good (early on) even with the switch to Fenway.

  3. xpensivewinos - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    The Crawford/Red Sox relationship really does seem doomed at this point, doesn’t it?

    Between his performance last year, the injuries, Henry saying he never wanted him in the first place, etc………….the whole thing is just a nightmare.

    Although, after two weeks, it’s looking pretty good compared to the Pujols deal :)

  4. bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    This team is a friggin disaster. At this point Crawford doesn’t even matter unless he was planning on being a setup reliever every other day. 100 losses here we come and ticket prices won’t go down a penny.

  5. bbil2012 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    That seems to be what matters most-selling tickets.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      It’s almost like they’re trying to maximize profits!

      • bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        If I’m helping pay for both I expect the Sox to be better than the footballers in Liverpool and right now the Sox are primed for relegation.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Then stop giving money to John Henry.

      • bbil2012 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Gee,why would they do that?
        Because they are happy with 2WS titles and now is the time to rake it in?

    • protius - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      They should unload that little POS Pedroia for some pitching.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        You mean the heart and soul of the team, gives 120% every inning, former MVP? That Pedroia?

      • cackalackyank - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Hey, I’m a Yankee fan and I think that if you get rid of a Pedroia or Papi or Gonzalez from this Red Sox team what do have left besides a really STACKED and expensive DL? It amazes me that so far that really OLD Yankees team consistently seems to have less major injuries than the Red Sox or Mets. I am almost starting feel bad for the Sox…notice the almost….but of course as Yankees fan we can now ponder and compare Pineda trade or Crawford signing which is a bigger let down?

      • protius - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Yeah, that little POS.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        I thought he meant Phil Pedroia. He sells carpets in Des Moines. Totally useless.

  6. gotampabay52 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    He was healthy when he was here with us. What you get for trying to buying a championships. How is that working out, Bobby V is not the answer

    • bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      That’s a nice stadium you got too, all the charm of a Costco. If it weren’t for Disney and strip clubs who would ever go to central Florida?

      • 4letterman - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        Republicans??

      • protius - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Reptiles and retired New Yorkers.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      You should be happy the Red Sox spend money–it’s their fans in the park, not Rays’.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Buying championships? Pedroia, Youk, Ellsbury, and Lester all came up through the Sox system. Gonzalez was picked up for 3 legit prospects. Crawford is the one big money free agent (I refuse to acknowledge John Lackey’s existence) on this team and nobody at the time of the signing predicted it would be anywhere close to this disastrous.

  7. fightingirish523 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    As a sox fan this signing just gets worse and worse. Guy looks like mentally he can’t handle Boston and physically he looks like he’s falling apart. I give credit to the Rays I think they saw this coming.

    • bigharold - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      I wouldn’t say they saw this coming but they did know who and what Crawford was and that he wasn’t worth the kind of money he was going to get as a free agent, .. especially if you consider the had Jennings just wait to take his place.

      Crawford is a very good impact player but he not a dominant player. Nobody was ever going to look at him in his prime and proclaim him the best player in the game a la Pujols or A-Rod. He was, and I think still is, athe perfect complimentary player. The trouble is the RS gave him a contract that pays him like he’s a dominant player. He was never going to live up to that contract because his career representative production doesn’t warrant it. Throw in a sub par year because he was trying too hard to earn his salary, .. then add an injury because, (and it’s merely speculation), he was likely going too hard too soon to get ready for the season and all the sudden he’s a bust.

      The Nation should give him time to heal and look for Crawford to return to form, .. not the dominant player they are hoping for because he’s never going to be that player. Epstein screwed up and gave a 12-14 million dollar a year player 20 mil a year. It’s not Crawford’s fault for accepting it and in my opinion he shouldn’t be booed because he’s trying too hard to be a player he never was in the first place.

      • bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Did you see any of his at bats last year, you’d think he was epileptic and half blind.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Epstein didn’t screw up. Once Werth got his ridiculous contract whoever wanted Crawford was destined to overpay. That’s what happens in an uncapped league where free agency is a seller’s market. If the Sox didn’t give him this deal then some other team would have.

      • bigharold - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        “Epstein didn’t screw up. Once Werth got his ridiculous …”

        Oh yes he did. Paying a premium to get a highly sought after FA or a player that you really want, because you think he compliments your team is one thing. Paying a price that is so clearly over a players worth is bad baseball. Crawford AND Werth are examples of that. With Werth it was bad baseball but slightly more understandable inasmuch as the Nats are trying to build a following, a team and part of that process is convincing players that choosing them is not going to send them to a baseball wasteland. The RS don’t need to convince anybody that they are a strong team that offers the opportunity to win year in year out.

        Epstein is a baseball executive and his primary responsibility is to make rational baseball decisions. Even if he expected a slight bump in Crawford’s production going into his prime he was still merely an impact player, .. a part of the puzzle, .. not the focal point of a team. Crawford’s career stats didn’t warrant the type of contract he received, .. and that has nothing to do with his off year last season or his injury this season. Crawford is not nor was he ever going to be a 20 mil a year player. He’s a very good player and I fully expect him to return to form and put up career type numbers but Epstein screwed up because his career numbers don’t merit 20 mil a year.

        If his excuse was he got boxed in because Werth got a contract, that EVERYBODY said was way out line, then he’s not a very good baseball executive. Seeing a competitor make a huge mistake then making the same one is indefensible, .. especially when it’s the 7 year $147 mil variety.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        @bigharold: perhaps you’re forgetting Crawford is represented by Boras. Once Werth signed his deal Crawford WAS getting $20 mil a year from whichever team wanted him. If he had even had an average season last year we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

      • 24missed - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM

        bigharold,
        I find your remarks interesting. Being a Carl Crawford lover, I would call him a dominant player, but, that’s the way I see it. Otherwise, I agree with most of your points and value your insight. The RS should give Carl Crawford time to get back to himself. These setbacks, among the others he battled physically last year, really forced him to be in a situation that I’m sure he wouldn’t want to be in. He is a competitor. I don’t get the hate.

      • 24missed - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        bobbyv,

        If Carl Crawford is epileptic, he is probably keeping it secret, due to the negative stigma and ignorance to it.

        I bet Carl Crawford had to pass a physical to make sure his vision was MLB acceptable for the safety of all.

  8. wilbur8848 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    How many millions did Boston spend? Could not happen to a more arrogant team and fan base. What goes around…………………..

    • protius - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      You’re confusing arrogance with wicked dumb-ass.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        http://xkcd.com/37/

    • drewsylvania - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Look, it’s Eric Wilbur from the Globe!

      • bobbyvsunkmybattleship - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        +1 hahahahaha .01% chance its Simmons rabblerousing

  9. davebrownspiral - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    He should just legally change his last name to “Pavano”

    • cackalackyank - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      I hear Pineda is a good solid last name too, or maybe go with something Asian…like…. I don’t know… Igawa, maybe?

  10. mornelithe - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    This isn’t exactly breaking news or anything, but Boston’s woes aren’t in their offense. It’s their pitching. While a return to form from Crawford would make the lineup that much more heinous, it won’t alter the fact that the Red Sox pitching staff is what’s causing all the problems. Sure, they’ve rebounded against the Twins…but….it’s the Twins, what do you expect?

    The real question is, can they do the same to the top-tier teams, Rangers, Yankees, Tigers, etc… Hopefully this April was just a blip on the radar, but given last years start (and finish)….who knows?

  11. nickellbag - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Rays fan here and um, lololololol!

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