Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Carl Crawford really, really didn’t like his time in Boston, and that’s not even taking into account he hit just .260 with 14 home runs, 75 RBIs and just 23 steals in 161 games over two seasons. As many have been known to do over the years, Crawford is now blasting the Boston media for how they treated him during his time in the Hub. The Dodgers outfielder still has some pretty hard feelings about the way things went with the Red Sox, particularly with how he was treated by the vaunted Boston media. Ultimately, it wasn’t a good mix, he says, despite the fact that he was given a seven-year contract worth $142 million. “It just wasn’t the right place for me at the end of my day,” Crawford said, according to CBSSports.com. “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.” Then there’s the media. Oh, the Boston sports media. “That smile turned upside down quick,” Crawford said. “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.” To Crawford’s credit, he did take the blame for not living up to the contract in Boston. “I get it, I didn’t perform. I got the money. I didn’t perform. I gave them every reason.”

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25 Comments:
  • More often than not, these stratospheric contracts take away a pleyer's motivation to perform at the expected level; happens all the time in baseball, football, basketball & other sports.
  • Guy played hurt.
  • What a sore loser. As a professional athlete, what makes you successful is performing under pressure from anywhere that it comes. Basically, Crawford is admitting that he can play in front of 4,000 people in Tampa but can't play in front of 40,000 in Boston. What a pansy.
  • True he didn't live up to what they thought they were buying(they said he was a 5 tool player) but in Boston you don't have to be a good outfielder to play left field and Crawford isn't the only person that has played for the Red Sox and bashed the media.
  • Amen.
  • YEA CARL, We didn't have a Good Time Either! But Ya Got Your Money!BOO HOO to BOO BOO!
  • He quit on Boston. He was never worth that contract. I predict he will flop in LA LA land.
  • LA will see the real Carl. Sorry Bawhston.
  • Wow Carl! I don't think I've ever heard Tom Brady complain that the Bostom media wanted to see him fail. Perhaps a little performance for the pay on your part would have helped. Just sayin'
  • It's not just in Boston. Sportswriters everywhere are a bunch of cowards and a-holes who couldn't play the games they cover, resented the ones who could, and get their rocks off by criticizing players and delving too deep into their personal lives. It's easy to be a snide jerk, write a column and smear a guy's play and reputation and not ever be helps accountable for it. Just look at this Yardbarker crap and you know it's not just happening in Boston. THeir are nerds writing junk everywhere yo look.
  • The media does like to be drama queens here. Carl didn't perform up to epectations and he admits that. My advice is for Carl not to pay too close attention to the media reports and to stay on focus to what he needs to do to perform.
  • He played hurt.
  • YARDBARKER: Anonymous nerds snidely ripping the athletes they could never be. It's not just happening in the Boston media. The media is full of frustrated jerks ripping people and never taking accountability. THis is my second post of this nature. YB took down the first one. Classic example of what I am talking about.
  • Well Carl when you sign for the money and then bust out...how do you think the media would treat you? Pretty common sense stuff here
  • just for kicks He just admitted as much in the article.

    Oh we get it, you never read to the end of any article!
  • Wow. I am amazed by most of these comments. Carl Crawford has never been known as a power hitter. He was a hit for avg type with speed to steal bases and had began to slow down on the bases before Boston signed him. His fielding game was the ability to run down flies balls in left and cover alot of ground. You put him in the stadium with the smallest left field therefore taking away a big part of his game. And you put all the blame for his flame out on him. Kinda proves his point to the article.
  • Ok Red Sox fan here. Granted he played hurt, granted the Boston media can be a bunch of a holes. BUT I grant you this....had CC not had an injury, had he had an all-star caliber season this would be a mute point. Basically Carl, comes down to one thing really...you perform in this town it's all good, you don't and bitch about it and blame the media after signing a 7-year 142 million contract well you've got what's coming to you.

  • Refreshing,at least he didn't cry racism like larry holmes and robert parish.evolution
  • He didn't spend one day in a Red Sox uniform to be even worth a bag of jock straps. Wake up Carl. You want to forget about Boston? I guarantee you Boston wants to forget about you. STFU!!
  • Way too much money for him, even when healthy. When I hear his name, I don't think superstar; what was Boston and LA thinking for paying this guy this type of money.
  • Who is the bigger loser, we are for paying the price at the ballpark to see these losers who cry and don't perform.
  • CC should never have left the Rays. We loved him here!
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