FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, John Henry created a stir when he said in a radio interview that he was against the signing of free agent Carl Crawford. Last week, Crawford acknowledged that he was unhappy with Henry over the remarks.
Saturday, they met and patched things up.
"It felt real good,'' said Crawford after the meeting, which lasted for about 10 minutes. "I like those kind of meetings where you clear the air and make everything better. I think it's best for the organization that we all get along. That's the way it should be.
"I accepted (the apology); that wasn't hard to do. We pretty much cleared the air. He got right to the point and he made it real easy for me to accept his apology. It felt real good to move on and put it behind us because there are other things we need to be focusing on (rather) than stuff that happened last year.''
Henry, who earlier in the day said "I should have never made those comments'' during a press conference, was also gratified for a chance to clear the air.
"It was great,'' said Henry. "It was necessary. It was something I wanted to do and I'm sure he wanted to do. I won't go into what was said, but I wanted to apologize for creating all this (controversy). I needed to apologize for that.''
Henry said he has admired Crawford as a player ever since the first game of the 2003 season when Crawford belted a walkoff homer against Red Sox reliever Chad Fox.
Crawford struggled mightily in his first season in Boston, but Henry expects bigger things in 2012.
"He's a tremendous player,'' Henry said. "I think..I know you'll see a different Carl Crawford this year.''
Predicted Crawford: "We'll be better off (because of the meeting. We'll become stronger and the bond will be closer from him saying (he was sorry). That's the way I look at it.''