Some people will say Carl Crawford never understood the expectations of playing in Boston.
Others will say he understood the expectations far too well.
Crawford, who was finally introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday after spending much of the time after his August trade from the Red Sox recovering from Tommy John surgery, said his injury-marred poor performances in Boston were due to him feeling he had to play hurt.
"You felt the pressure from the outside to have to play in that atmosphere," he said, according to ESPNBoston.com. "If you don't play, it's like you're soft or somebody who's just trying to take money from them or something like that. I wanted to prove that that wasn't the case."
Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox in 2011 and stumbled out of the gate, hitting just .255 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs in his first year. That, and his 18 stolen bases, were all ca...