FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, Red Sox principal owner John Henry made the surprisingly public admission that he was never in favor of signing free agent Carl Crawford to his landmark seven-year, 142 million deal.
Predictably, Crawford wasn't happy to hear those remarks.
"I can't do nothing about what he said,'' said Crawford Monday after reporting to spring training. "I can just go out and play. It was unfortunate that he feels that way, but there's nothing for me to say to him but go out and play.
"I wasn't happy about it. I was a little surprised to hear the comments. Like I said, it's unfortunate he feels that way. I just wish that those words hadn't have come up.''
Crawford, who struggled mightily in his first season with the Red Sox, was asked if he intended to talk to Henry and clear the air.
"If he wants to meet with me,'' said Crawford of Henry, "I'm sure we'll have that meeting. I'm not too sure about that. I don't know what kind of plans he has or whether he wants to me or anything like that.''
On the other hand, Crawford said he didn't have any issues with new manager Bobby Valentine, who made some critical remarks on ESPN about the outfielder's approach at the plate.
"That's his job to do stuff like that on TV,'' said Crawford. "I kind of understand how that goes. I'm playing for him as a manager and I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel like that way. It's just stuff you have to say when you're on TV, so me and Bobby have no hard feelings.
"We both share a common goal and that's to help the Red Sox win.''
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.
*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.
*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.
*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.
*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.
*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.
*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.
The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week.
Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.