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Carl Crawford must have an outstanding October
Before the start of the 2007 season, the Red Sox signed a lefty-batting outfielder to a lucrative contract.
That man was J. D. Drew, and in that season—in the minds of the majority of Red Sox Nation—Drew grossly underperformed the stature of his $14 million a year contract by batting .270, hitting 11 home runs and driving in only 64 runs.
But all of that—at least the 2007 transgressions—was forgiven when Drew sent a Fausto Carmona pitch into the Monster Seats in Game 6 of the ALCS. Drew’s grand slam has come to be known as the “$14 million dollar slam,” and the Sox would go on to eventually win the World Series.
Apparently, the Sox are hoping history repeats itself in 2011.
Before the start of the 2011 season, the Sox brass gave yet another left-handed outfielder a gigantic contract, and yet again that outfielder has failed to measure up to the size of that contract in year one.
This time the overmatched outfielder in question is Carl Crawford, who as of the morning of September 7, 2011 has only compiled a paltry .250 batting average, 11 home runs, 53 RBI’s and most egregiously only 17 stolen bases. Not quite what the fans on Lansdowne Street were expecting out of their $20-plus million left fielder.
If Crawford can produce one or two big plays this postseason, similar to Drew’s slam in 2007 en route to a World Series victory, I have a feeling that his .155 April and (currently) .190 September will be water under the bridge.
However, if Crawford’s inconsistency at the plate continues into October, the Sox have no shot at winning the World Series—with legions of Sox fans wanting to jump off the Tobin Bridge.