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Carl Crawford on the Boston media: “they love it when you’re miserable”

Mar 7, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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Carl Crawford continues to go all Taylor Swift on the Boston media.  After saying that he never should have signed with Boston he told this to Danny Knobler:

“It just wasn’t the right place for me at the end of my day. I didn’t do my homework. Maybe they didn’t, either. At the end of the day, it just wasn’t the place for me … That smile turned upside down quick. I think they want to see that in Boston. They love it when you’re miserable. Burying people in the media, they think that makes a person play better. That media was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

Dude: even if there is some truth to that — and I tend to think there is — you are never, ever going to win this game, so you probably need to stop it. No matter how bad the Boston media can be, any athlete there is gonna get this kind of thing if they play poorly, are hurt, or whatever. It happened 75 years ago and it’s gonna happen 75 years from now. It’s a “Farmer and the Viper” situation.

Crawford didn’t do his homework. That’s really the end of the story. Boston’s gonna Boston and everyone else needs to deal with it or move on.

  1. lostsok - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Red Sox fans are smelly, hairy, mean-spirited racists who chew used tobacco while wearing 20 year old t-shirts with the sleeves cut off.

    And man…you should see the MEN.

    • andrewproughcfe - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Now the secret about Boston’s poisonous atmosphere is out, with statements by multiple players like Crawford and the book by Francona. Moving forward, don’t be surprised to see good players demanding a significant additional fee just to put up with the toxic fans, media and ownership. And we already know that numerous free agents in recent years have refused to consider going there, and that several excellent Red Sox players have sabotaged their own relationship with the team in order to get out of town as quickly as possible.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        People didn’t know about that here? Outside of the World Series team, it had always been 25 cabs for 25 guys here.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Mar 8, 2013 at 7:01 AM

      Wow! What an easy life this guy has had if a few sportswriters were the worst thing he’s ever experienced in it.

  2. jimeejohnson - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Lots of misery east of I-5.

  3. offseasonblues - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    From Obnoxious Boston Fan:
    “If burying people in the media made them better players, J.D. Drew would have won the Triple Crown with 75 home runs and a .434 batting average in 2011, Josh Beckett would be coming off a 40-win season in Boston, Dice-K and his Gyro Ball would be headed for Cooperstown and Bobby Valentine would be working with all those young ballplayers in Fort Myers as they were being sized for their 2012 World Series rings.”

    And the truth is that Carl was treated better than Drew, who actually contributed to winning some of those rings.

  4. nhstateline - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    There should be a video explaining economics for guys like Mr. Crawford. It should be narrated by Tom Brady (who both has performed well, deals with criticism all the time and understands all this) and say “The Red Sox can offer you all that money not just because they can, they can offer you all that money because of high ticket prices, high radio and tv ad rates supported by (most years) really good ratings numbers and a big market in which people care passionately about the team in big numbers unlike where you came from that can’t consistently sell out playoff games. New England could support two MLB teams easily based on demography and population but the baseball economic system won’t allow it so the Sox generate a ton of money more than most teams and that means guys like Mr. Crawford can get paid very well here. In exchange for that money, we expect you to play well and accept the fact that with all those customers comes all that interest and all the opinions of those customers. The media is in a much more competitive situation than where you came from so don’t pay attention to it (as much as you can) and just read the five points on this card every time they ask you questions. We paid Bill Belichick to write these for us now us them.” Many professional athletes understand all this, come to a place like Boston and deal with it. Almost all professional athletes who’ve come to Boston performed better in their time in the city than did this whiner.

  5. theskinsman - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    I don’t wish any success for Crawford. He is a total bust,and a whiny little girl . Hope he fades away as some kid with actual desire and heart takes his spot on the field. Fraud.

  6. jjpileggi - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Dodgers crash and burn.

  7. anthonyverna - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    In Los Angeles, you have TJ Simers, who is only happy when he’s miserable.

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