Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a story on Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez and how they will handle the pressure of playing in Boston. Within the piece, Crawford reminisces about playing in the Trop after a big road trip (via TampaBay.com)…
“It was tough last year,” Crawford says. “You’re in first place, you’re coming off a big road series where you beat Boston and New York. You’re coming home with all of that momentum. … You run onto the field all hyped up….Then, you look up at the (empty) stands, and say, ‘Are you serious?’ It gets you down. You want the energy the other teams have, and you don’t have it.”
One thing we have learned about Crawford off the field, is that he doesn’t speak very often, but when he does, he is very blunt and not afraid to be critical. This being just the latest (remember the Delmon Young comments?).
And the season hasn’t even started. What is Crawford going to have to say when the rest of the media shows up during the regular season and for his first game back at The Trop?