Carl Crawford: Why Saying 'Yes' to Surgery Is Right Move for Boston Red Sox OF

Joe FitzhenryCorrespondent IIAugust 20, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 12: Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox hits an RBI double to center during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 12, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Under normal circumstances, I'd be on the opposite side of the spectrum for Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. I always tend to think that a player should play out the season, no matter what. 

However, these are not exactly normal times in Boston.

The manager has about as much respect as you or me in the clubhouse, the pitching has been historically bad and the team looks like they're just playing out the string. 

One of the more pressing issues over the last couple days has been whether or not Crawford should undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. 

According to, there will be a meeting on Monday to determine the right course of action for Crawford. 

I'm always one of the last people to admit this, but the sheer thought of being out of the playoff race so early is painful. But realistically, the Red Sox aren't going anywhere this season.

In all seriousness, all of this has given me a new-found level of respect for the fans of teams that struggle to stay in contention past the All-Star break every year. (Royals fans, I applaud you.)

With that said, here are three reasons why Crawford should have the surgical procedure in the next couple of days. 


Better Now Than Later

Simply put, there's no reason for Crawford not to have the surgery now. At this point, Tommy John appears inevitable, and why not get a head start on the recovery period? 

It gives him a better shot to be fully healthy at or near the beginning of the 2013 season and allows him not to risk further injury over the final six weeks of this season. 

The guy has already missed 89 games this season, and with seemingly nothing to play for, he may as well focus on returning to his old form in 2013. 

The surgery is going to happen eventually.

Why postpone it six more weeks and give yourself a player on the DL before the calendar even turns to next year?


Not Going Anywhere

As I stated in the opening, the Red Sox likely aren't going anywhere this season. Bobby Valentine's club is 59-63 and sit 7.5 games out of the wild card with roughly 40 games remaining.

For months now, we've waited for the trademark winning streak that will turn the season around and put the team right back in the playoff race. 

Coming off yet another loss to the Yankees Sunday night, it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. There have been points the team could have gotten on a roll, but they haven't capitalized on the opportunities. 


Sunday night's horrific offensive display against Hiroki Kuroda caused me to do something that I never do: turn the game off early and watch something else. 

Hitch is a great movie and all, but I didn't plan on being so disgusted by this team that I would turn off Yankee games in August in the sixth inning.

I've been a Red Sox fan since I was five years old (15 years), and this year's club has been harder to watch than any other during that time span. 


Crawford's Best Interest

This is a bit similar to my first bullet, but it really is in the best interest of Crawford to have the surgery now. 

Things haven't exactly gone as planned over the first two years of his tenure in Boston, so why not have the procedure now and come back as good as new in 2013?

The player needs to not worry about how fans and management might perceive him and have the surgery done over the next couple of days. 

If he is productive over the final five years of his contract, fans will soon forget that he missed the final six weeks of a forgettable 2012 campaign.