It was the most important game of the year for the Red Sox. But Carl Crawford found himself out of the lineup, replaced by Conor Jackson, a guy that has been with the Red Sox for less than three weeks.
This came after Crawford apologized to Red Sox fans for his crappy season in his latest “diary” entry for ESPN.com.
Crawford also says he will use the booing by Rays fans as motivation to get better…
Now that I am in a Red Sox uniform, I definitely hear the boos when I go back to Tampa, like our recent trip we made there. When I was in left field, I definitely heard heckling there. It was a bunch of haters in left field pretty much. Hey, it’s cool. I understand. The thing is, they’ve got to realize they’ve got to deal with me for another six years. I struggled this year and I’ll give them this year. But I am definitely, definitely going to remember all that has happened when I’m trying to work out and get better in the offseason, those haters will be on my mind — just know they have another six years to deal with me.
The “haters” in the left field stands at The Trop will be Crawford’s motivation to get better? That’s strange. You would think it would be his desire to, you know, help his team win, and to start living up to that $142 million contract. You would also think he would be motivated to get better this season, considering the Red Sox have yet to clinch anything, in part because of Crawford’s poor play.
But hey, if he needs a handful of haters at the Trop to suck less (starting next year), then good for him.