Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford still can't let Boston go. And not in a good way.
He's still has the city, and his time with Red Sox, on his mind ,as evidenced by his conversation with WEEI.com's Rob Bradford:
Crawford, who played a generally disappointing, injury-filled 161 games for the Red Sox (.254, 14 homers, 23 stolen bases) after leaving Tampa Bay to sign a seven-year, $142 million contract, called his time in the Hub "a scar that I think will never go away."
More from the player who was part of the last-place Sox 2012 salary dump to the Dodgers and has now become a part-time player in a crowded outfield of Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier:
“That place is going to be the same forever and I don’t want no part of it. I’m happy where I’m at right now.
"I try and put that as far behind me as I can. I would like to feel like that, but it still feels fresh at times. Just because it was one of the toughest times of my life. That’s a scar that I think will never go away. I’ll always remember that feeling.
“Coming from Tampa, from that environment to that environment was so different I didn’t really understand what I was getting myself into. I think that was the big thing. There was just such a big difference from what I was used to.
“I definitely wouldn’t have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn’t do any research about nothing. I didn’t know much about Boston, only when I played there. If I went into a little more depth as to what I was getting myself into things probably would have been a little different.
“They say everything is different. But you can have a good team, but you can’t escape all that other stuff up there. I don’t want to get into all that other stuff. It’s good they won a World Series, but I’m pretty sure nothing has really changed.”