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Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

Posted on: September 19, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: September 19, 2011 10:32 am
 


By Matt Snyder


With the Rays climbing to within two games of the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race, it's going to be a fun final two weeks for baseball fans. Some interesting perspective on the drama comes from current Red Sox and former Rays' left fielder Carl Crawford.

Crawford played nine seasons and 1,253 regular-season games for the Rays. He's easily the best player in the history of the young franchise at this point, but he walked this past offseason for a seven-year, $142 million deal and signed with the Red Sox. And he's now having the worst season of his career, from an individual standpoint.

In a diary entry for ESPN.com, Crawford notes that hears the boos from "haters" when the Red Sox visit Tampa Bay and that those fans need to realize he's going to be coming back for six more years. Two more entries of note:

"If Tampa makes a miracle comeback and takes the wild card from us, I will be devastated. I definitely wouldn't want to lose to those guys and watch them get into the playoffs while we go home. That would just be devastating to me."

And ...

"I want to end the diary saying something to the fans of Boston. I just want to say I'm sorry for the year I've had. You guys have been really supportive and I appreciate that. Hopefully when we get into these playoffs, I can be the real Carl Crawford that I know I am. We'll see."

I love seeing that kind of accountability from someone who could easily just blow everyone off and count his millions.

Ironman: Speaking of the Rays, Johnny Damon has now tied Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Hank Aaron with an impressive streak. Damon has now played in at least 140 games in 16 different seasons, making it a four-way tie atop the all-time record book (TampaBay.com). Does anyone doubt Damon can do it again next year and set the record? I sure don't.

More from Damon: This is funny, and true. Damon points out that Red Sox fans have to root for the Yankees now. “They’re going to have to root for them if they want a chance at the postseason,” Damon said (BostonHerald.com). “They couldn’t root for me when I played in New York. Now they have to root for the whole team.” Man, how much are Yankees fans relishing this?

Happy Birthday: Hall of Famer Joe Morgan turns 68 Monday (Hardball Times). The two-time MVP is widely considered the best second baseman to ever play the game (and was also a broadcaster for years, but we'll leave that alone, being his birthday and all ... )

While we're here: Speaking of Joe, he just led the world's largest chicken dance. Check it out (via Big League Stew):



Sigh: Tigers manager Jim Leyland says he isn't an "on-base percentage guy." (MLB.com) Look, Leyland knows a lot more about baseball than I do, which is quite an obvious fact. But that doesn't mean he can't be wrong about certain things. I just don't understand what it is with the so-called "old-school mentality" that prevents people from grasping that OBP is the percentage of times batters don't make an out. I don't get how you can not be an OBP guy. You go to the plate with a bat. The main object is to not make an out. It's very, very simple. Leyland, thankfully, doesn't say he likes batting average, but instead slugging. Slugging percentage is much more important than average, but OBP is much more important. Think about it. Even if you're just churning out singles and walks over and over, you're still scoring runs. Slugging is very important, too, which is why OPS has gotten more and more run in recent years.

Humbled Ozzie: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen recently made a trip to the Negro Baseball League Museum in Kansas City and came away with a renewed appreciation for everything he has. "It’s so different, and sometimes you shake your head at what these guys went through all this stuff for baseball to be better now than then," he said (Chicago Tribune).

Shoot him up: Phillies slugging first baseman Ryan Howard has bursitis in his left ankle, and he'll have a cortisone shot to help him deal with the issue the rest of the season. (MLB.com)

Johan 'felt good:' Mets ace Johan Santana threw a three-inning simulated game Sunday and he "felt good." (ESPN New York)

Johnson wants Wang back: Chien-Ming Wang has been a bit inconsistent in his return to the hill this season, but he's shown flashes of being solid -- like in his quality-start win Sunday. It will be tough to squeeze into the Nationals' rotation next season, especially if they land a free agent like C.J. Wilson, but current Nats manager Davey Johnson says he'd bring Wang back. "As far as I'm concerned, he's a keeper," Johnson said (MASN Sports).

Don't rush: Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John surgery June 3, but he's looking to be back by opening day of next season. That wouldn't be unheard of, but it would be just 10 months after a procedure which typically has a 10-14 month recovery period. So it would certainly be a quick recovery. Jim Tracy, his manager, wants De La Rosa to be patient. “I told him (De La Rosa) about Dr. Jobe and the importance of following the program and don’t try to deviate,’’ said Tracy (DenverPost.com). “Don’t try to speed it up. If you do that and you follow the program and you don’t try to speed it up, you’ll feel like you have a bionic arm. Because it will completely heal and you’ll basically have a brand new elbow.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:52 am
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

"GodoftheGame...question for you. You tell Damon to suck it because he went from the RedSox to the Yankees and "knew what to expect". Yet,in the very same thought you praise Crawford for bing professional, but he went from the Rays to the RedSox"

Olive...when the Rays and The Sox have the same rivalry as the Yankees/Red Sox, come talk to me then....I have underwear older than the Rays.. 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

GodoftheGame...question for you. You tell Damon to suck it because he went from the RedSox to the Yankees and "knew what to expect". Yet,in the very same thought you praise Crawford for bing professional, but he went from the Rays to the RedSox...did he not know what to expect? Seems a little double standardish to me. Oh, and for a parting shot, at least Damon performed well when he went to the Yankees for well about 15% of what Crawford makes...just sayin.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

Puhhhlease...Carl Crawford, take your diary and your apology to the Sox fans and shove it up your butthole. You were a demi-God here in Tampa, you were the face of the Rays and the best player in franchise history. You chose to leave, to chase the almighty dollar and now your career is suffering. You are the biggest free agent bust in the history of the game when compared to the money they are paying to you to perform. You took an ad out in the St Pete Times thanking the fans for their years of support last winter and now you want to dis the Rays if they knock your RedSox out of the playoffs. You made your choice, now deal with it. In Tampa, you were a star and loved...in Boston you are just another over paid cog in a machine. No cheering, no glamour, no TV interviews.  To those of you reading this and preparing to bash me, go ahead, I dont care at all. Carl Crawford was my favorite player because he gave 100%, 100% of the time and helped turn the "Devil" Rays around. Take your money and kick rocks...later dude.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

O, you mean he was tanking all reg season and saving his best for the playoffs?



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

Don't apologize, just keep playing and take your lumps.  Crawford was a major disappointment after signing a huge contract, that much is clear.  I think he should MTFU and figure it out.  I don't think Carl Crawford is the sole reason the Sox are fighting for their lives right now and I don't hear any other players apologizing.  J.D. Drew would be writing from now until Thanksgiving is he was asked to write an apology.  This apology make me more mad than the way he played. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

Crawford has class, Damon can suck it. He went to the Yankees and knew what he was getting into.



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Pepper: Crawford apologizes to Red Sox fans

no worries. next year hes gonna be a beast!!!! takes a lil time unless you are adrian gonzales to get used to the bright lights!!!


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