Out of baseball for more than a year but earning nearly $22 million in the final year of the $142 million deal he signed with the Red Sox, Carl Crawford tells Bleacher Report he's gotten over the hatred he carried for Boston.
“I carried hate for that city for a long time,” Crawford told BR's Scott Miller. “But now, I’m over that. I feel much better, because I learned that you can’t hate something or you never get over it. It definitely was a learning experience, definitely that. I got that out of it, if nothing else.”
Released by the Dodgers after playing in only 30 games by June 2016, Crawford, 36, had leveled plenty of criticism of Boston and what he called the "toxic" environment there. An All-Star outfielder with the Tampa Bay Rays, Crawford signed the seven-year deal with the Red Sox before the 2011 season and played only 161 games for them before being dealt to L.A. with Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto in August 2012.
Crawford, now living in his native Houston, told Miller: “I focus on the positive all the time. Even when the negative energy comes your way, I still find a way to find positive light.”
He said he'll be cheering for the Dodgers this postseason.
"I still got love for that organization," he said. "They saved me at a time when I felt I was just going to collapse as a human, break down as a human. That's why I'll always have love for L.A., because that city just really brought me back to life."
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested at his home in Tennessee on Friday night after an incident involving his wife, Shannon.
According to a statement attributed to the Wright family that was released to NBC Sports Boston through Wright's lawyer, Alex Little, Wright has been charged with domestic assault. Per the statement, Wright did not "raise his hand at anyone."
"On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault. Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family to make our relationships stronger, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so."
Wright has been released from jail. Wright and his agent, Steve Rath, declined comment.
The Red Sox addressed the incident in a statement: "We are aware of the incident involving Steven. This is certainly a matter that the Red Sox take very seriously. It is my understanding that both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this and for that reason, the club won’t have any further comment at this time. "
OK, so it's not exactly Varitek's catcher's mitt in A-Rod's face.
The Red Sox reacted to the Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton today with a tweet that was...well, it was something.
That'll show your rival whose new middle of the lineup outhomered your entire team - 169 for Didi Gregorius (25), Stanton (59), Aaron Judge (52) and Gary Sanchez (33) to Boston's 168.
Of course, the last time a team that led the league in home runs acquired the major league leader in home runs was 1919, when a pitcher/outfielder who's probably still better than Shohei Ohtani went from Boston to New York.
We can look forward to more fiery tweets from the Sox as the Winter Meetings begin - and their search for a power bat intensifies - in Orlando on Sunday.