William C. Rhoden of the New York Times wrote a piece this weekend looking at the early season struggles of Carl Crawford and how he is handling the scrutiny of the Boston media. And in doing so, Crawford took a subtle jab at the Tampa-St. Pete sports media…
It’s fascinating in sports to see how star players react to changes in scenery, especially when the change is as drastic as going from a market like the Tampa Bay area, with minimal news coverage, to Boston…“You go from a team that doesn’t have much tradition to a team with a lot of tradition,” Crawford said. “Being watched all the time, the attention you get — that’s the biggest difference…In Tampa, I was able to hide and do a lot of stuff, and people wouldn’t really notice. Now it’s like your every move is watched all the time. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s nice to be noticed, but that’s the biggest difference.”
This just reeks of somebody that is desparately trying to say the right thing for the Boston media.
When Crawford was playing with the Rays, did he ever seem like a player that wanted to be noticed? Quite the opposite. This is just speculation, but Crawford always seemed like a guy that just wanted to do his job and be left alone.
If anything, it appeared to us that the Tampa Bay media was just respecting his wishes. And that is the sort of respect Crawford will never get in Boston.