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Carl Crawford regrets signing in “toxic” Boston

Feb 14, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Dylan Hernandez sat down with Carl Crawford, who is looking to make a fresh start in Los Angeles. As for his feelings about Boston:

“It was just everything,” he said. “Me not playing well. Me being in an unfamiliar area in an environment that was toxic. Just all those things combined. You start to say, ‘Is this ever going to end?'”

Asked if he regretted signing with the Red Sox, Crawford replied, “A lot of times I did. You hear a lot of talk about how I just wanted money. At some point, you just wondered if you made the right decision.”

It certainly wasn’t a good place for him and his injuries gave him no ability to silence critics. It’s interesting now how when people talk about the high expectations of the Dodgers they rarely mention Crawford. It’s always Kemp, Greinke, Gonzalez, Beckett and then Mattingly and ownership. Crawford may be flying under the radar. Which may be a very good thing for Carl Crawford.

  1. xxakshunxx - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    It’s not enough to sign million dollar contracts.. These guys still expect to be babied and pampered their whole careers as well

    • drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      And we expect them to be superhuman and have a much higher standard for themselves than we have for ourselves.

  2. brusta1960 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Toxic? Really Carl? Accountability is something that all professionals should expect. With higher title or pay comes higher expectation, that is just the way it is. I doubt very much that you were not advised that places like Boston and New York are tough. People in these places respect honesty, hard work, commitment, and accountability. I believe you wanted to do well and didn’t anticipate getting injured but do not turn things around. You signed a huge contract. With that signing came expectation on delivery from you. You were not able to deliver. Why put the blame elsewhere?

    • wolfwrack - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Exactly !!! When you pay for a Lexus and you get a Chevette, who owns that deal. Crawford was the toxic substance. The Sox will surely be better off without that prima donna ! Time to get back to blue-collar basics in Boston and leave the “legends in their own minds” to other teams. I hope Crawford rebounds, but don’t put your miserable failure on Boston’s back. The reason you failed is because you never owned your own lack of production.

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