Carl Crawford was a happy camper when he signed his shiny new 7-year $142 million dollar contract with the Red Sox two seasons ago.
Injuries derailed his chance to make an impression and he was shipped off to Los Angeles as part of a blockbuster trade last season.
For the former All-Star, it was hard to deal with his lack of performance in Boston. But, if you listen to Crawford's recent comments to CBSSports.com, it wasn't nearly as hard as dealing with the city's media and its love of negativity.
If he was happy when he signed his new deal, he went full Pitino in his comments to CBS.
“That smile turned upside down quick,” Crawford said. “I think they want to see that in Boston. They love it when you’re miserable.
“That media was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life,” he added.
Though much of the criticism for Crawford's failures in Boston fell on the shoulders of the front office, Crawford felt as though he took an unfair share of heat.
“I took so much of a beating in Boston. I don’t think anything could bother me anymore,” he said. “They can say what they want — that I’m the worst free agent ever — and it won’t get to me. But it bothered me the whole time there.
“You have to tell everybody how much you like it, when you really don’t like it,” he said.
Crawford is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that cut his 2012 season short.