FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, Red Sox principal owner John Henry made the surprisingly public admission that he was never in favor of signing free agent Carl Crawford to his landmark seven-year, 142 million deal.
Predictably, Crawford wasn't happy to hear those remarks.
"I can't do nothing about what he said,'' said Crawford Monday after reporting to spring training. "I can just go out and play. It was unfortunate that he feels that way, but there's nothing for me to say to him but go out and play.
"I wasn't happy about it. I was a little surprised to hear the comments. Like I said, it's unfortunate he feels that way. I just wish that those words hadn't have come up.''
Crawford, who struggled mightily in his first season with the Red Sox, was asked if he intended to talk to Henry and clear the air.
"If he wants to meet with me,'' said Crawford of Henry, "I'm sure we'll have that meeting. I'm not too sure about that. I don't know what kind of plans he has or whether he wants to me or anything like that.''
On the other hand, Crawford said he didn't have any issues with new manager Bobby Valentine, who made some critical remarks on ESPN about the outfielder's approach at the plate.
"That's his job to do stuff like that on TV,'' said Crawford. "I kind of understand how that goes. I'm playing for him as a manager and I'm pretty sure he doesn't feel like that way. It's just stuff you have to say when you're on TV, so me and Bobby have no hard feelings.
"We both share a common goal and that's to help the Red Sox win.''