An upbeat Carl Crawford arrived early to Spring Training this year, determined to put last year behind him. He also responded to comments made by John Henry in the offseason that the owner was against the $142-million signing that brought Crawford to Boston.
“Oh, I can’t do nothing about what he said. I can just go out and play. It was unfortunate that he feels that way but there’s nothing to say to him but just go out and play. Oh, I wasn’t happy about it. I was a little surprised to hear the comments. But like I said, it was unfortunate he feels that way. I wish that those words hadn’t came out.”
But they did, so now all Crawford can do is have a better season.
“Last year was probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to go through. For whatever reason it was, I struggled, and it was really hard to deal with. I had a lot of time to think about it and make corrections, and I think things will be better,” Crawford said.
Crawford said he is making a nice recovery from wrist surgery and still holds out hope he can be ready for Opening Day.