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Toxic Sox had Crawford at 'depression stage'

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08:11 AM ET 02.15 | Carl Crawford understands he has more to rehab this season than his surgically repaired elbow. One of only a handful of position players to already report to camp, Crawford is slowly rebuilding his psyche, which he said was battered in what he described as a "toxic" environment in Boston. Reflecting on his two miserable seasons with the Red Sox, Crawford said, "I knew with the struggles I was having, it would never get better for me. I just didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel. It puts you in kind of a depression stage. You just don't see a way out." ... "I'm in a place now where I feel a lot better about myself," he said. "I just feel like the player I once was." Can he be that player again? Crawford nodded.

The Los Angeles Times

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February 15, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Hmmm... Blame the victim?

February 15, 2013  08:37 AM ET

What a wuss.

February 15, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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What a wuss.

Betcha he hits .290 for LA.

February 15, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Betcha he hits .290 for LA.

He'll never play up to his contract.

February 15, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He'll never play up to his contract.

The contract ain't his fault. Blame the guy who offered it to him. He just signed his name and said "Thank you very much."

February 15, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The contract ain't his fault. Blame the guy who offered it to him. He just signed his name and said "Thank you very much."

Okay...he'll never play up to half that contract.

February 15, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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Okay...he'll never play up to half that contract.

I was relieved that the Sox signed him instead of the Yankees. At least for the money he got.
I do have to admit at one point I had envisoned him in the pinstripes but not at the price he eventually cost.

February 15, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He'll never play up to his contract.

No argument there. Boston was stupid t6o offer that much money. No one is worth that much.

February 15, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The contract ain't his fault. Blame the guy who offered it to him. He just signed his name and said "Thank you very much."

Exactly.

February 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Betcha he hits .290 for LA.

But the real question is. How many trips to the DL? This guys falling apart.

February 15, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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But the real question is. How many trips to the DL? This guys falling apart.

Sort of like Warhol's Frankenstein.

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February 15, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The contract ain't his fault. Blame the guy who offered it to him. He just signed his name and said "Thank you very much."

Still it was us who had to suffer through two years -- ad nauseum. Why should we feel sorry him? He got his check every month.

February 15, 2013  09:56 AM ET

I'm sure he wasn't too depressed to deposit his checks.

February 15, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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The contract ain't his fault. Blame the guy who offered it to him.

Yup...That was Theo for you. Once he gets a **** for a guy, he'd offer the world to get him. Renteria anyone?

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February 15, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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Still it was us who had to suffer through two years -- ad nauseum. Why should we feel sorry him? He got his check every month.

He had to put up with Red Sox fans so yes, I do feel sorry for him for that.

February 15, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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No doubt. Just shut up Carl, the two miserable seasons you spent in Boston were your own fault. You're mentally weak and the pressure of playing in front of fans who actually know the game and care enough to show up was too much for your feeble brain.

I think the wrist and elbow that both needed surgery had more to do with his performance than the obnoxious fans that formed the home crowd.

February 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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No doubt. Just shut up Carl, the two miserable seasons you spent in Boston were your own fault.

Two seasons on the payroll, only 161 games played. Great work if you can get it.

 
February 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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I think the wrist and elbow that both needed surgery had more to do with his performance than the obnoxious fans that formed the home crowd.

I thought mooses were gentle creatures.

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