Prior to Jon Lester being dealt to Oakland last week, much was made of the veteran’s desire to return to Fenway as a free agent next winter. In stark contrast, however, is OF Carl Crawford, who while toiling part time for the Dodgers, found a moment to speak with a sports radio outlet Thursday and make a number of vague allusions to Boston being, well, a shitty place to play. For him, anyway. From WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford :
“That place is going to be the same forever and I don’t want no part of it,” Crawford said. “It was one of the toughest times of my life. That’s a scar that I think will never go away. I’ll always remember that feeling.”
“I definitely wouldn’t have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn’t do any research about nothing. I didn’t know much about Boston, only when I played there. If I went into a little more depth as to what I was getting myself into things probably would have been a little different.”
“I would like to think I know when it’s time to make big decisions in your life you know to do a little more research,” Crawford explained. “Look into a little bit more. I decided to sign with the Red Sox in five minutes. I didn’t have no time to think about it. They told me this, bam, 10 minutes later I was signing with the Red Sox. It was one of those things I didn’t look into it as much as I should have. I didn’t call other players and ask around. I didn’t do nothing. I just had my eye on one thing at the time.”
Or rather, $142 million things at the time.