Carl Crawford's Comments Show He Was a Bad Fit for the Boston Red Sox

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2013

Crawford was never comfortable in his time with the Red Sox.
Crawford was never comfortable in his time with the Red Sox.J. Meric/Getty Images

On one hand, it is easy to understand.

Carl Crawford had a terrible experience playing with the Boston Red Sox.

But his comments to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler blaming the Boston media really show a lack of judgement and accountability: "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."

The best thing for Crawford last summer was his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It gave him a fresh start with a new organization and lessened the pressure to produce once he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

The surgery was performed during the middle of the 2012 season, making it even more surprising that the Dodgers were willing to assume the last five years of Crawford's contract.

The Red Sox signed Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract and expected him to have a huge impact in the Boston offense playing at Fenway Park.

But once the inked dried on the contract, it was clear from Crawford's introductory press conference with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein that it was a mistake.

During the introduction, Crawford looked extremely uncomfortable, profusely sweating during the entire media event. It was a sign of things to come.

Crawford was an exceptionally dynamic player and a constant thorn in the side of the Red Sox during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.

For whatever reason, that Crawford never materialized in Boston. He never seemed comfortable at the plate or with the pressure of being a $20 million-a-year player.

Honestly, in defense of the media, almost every media outlet made a concerted effort to not jump on Crawford right away and gave him a chance to adjust to the market.

Crawford was a career .296 hitter for the Rays who averaged 45 steals per year during his nine seasons in Tampa. In his two seasons in Boston, the average dropped to .260 and Crawford stole 23 combined bases. 

As he currently works his way back from injury, Crawford seems like a good guy who has had a rough couple of years.

But, by blaming it on the media, it seems like Crawford is trying to deflect the attention away from the real culprit; that the 31-year-old may not be the same player anymore.


Information used from CBS Sports and Baseball-Reference.