As a young talent coming out of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Carl Crawford had the world in his hands.
Deemed one of the best prospects in baseball at the time, Crawford lived up to the hype during his 8+ year stay in Florida before eventually being traded to the Boston Red Sox.
Beantown had every reason to be excited after acquiring Crawford. Grabbing one of the premier talents in baseball who was still under 30? That’s not something done too often but that excitement quickly faded into disappointment and frustration as Crawford simply couldn’t stay on the field and when he was, the results were awful. Continually injured, the frustration became resentment and now Crawford, a season after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers still says his two seasons in Boston were terrible, suggesting the Red Sox clubhouse was not the best place to be.
Per the Los Angeles Times:
Carl Crawford noticed the difference his first day of spring training with the Dodgers.
“You just walk in the clubhouse and you got a positive feel. Immediately,” Crawford said.
That wasn’t the feeling he had during two injury-plagued seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he sat out more games than he played. So when Crawford came to Los Angeles in a blockbuster nine-player trade last August, he got more than a change of scenery.
He got a change of attitude as well.
“That was just a bad experience,” Crawford said of his time in Boston. “I definitely felt like I had a chance to get a fresh start. With a team, new atmosphere, new environment.